Saying Goodbye To Your Exchange Student
Here we give you some tips on how you can manage saying goodbye to your exchange student
Saying goodbye to your exchange student will NEVER be an easy thing. You just have to remember all of the good times together so far and how many more there will be.
Saying goodbye to your exchange student who has lived with you for the past 10/6 months will never be easy. There are a ton of resources out there to help you cope when your exchange student goes home for the year. There is always good that comes with the bad. Nothing is good about your student having to leave, but there are ways to cope with it to ensure that good comes along with it.
For those of you that have already seen your student’s leave, there have been so many heartfelt goodbyes. Your student will always remember the last few days they spent with you, and it is important to make that a special memory.
On the bright side, there are still a ton of Departure Re-entry Orientation (DREO) topics that are useful during this time. Writing letters to each other about your experiences, first impressions and everything you learned from each other. This can help make those last few days together happy and memorable. Making a scrapbook might not be accessible for you and your exchange student but you can adjust! Your student can sit down one night and show you all of the pictures they took here and show you their experience through their eyes.
Although this may be the toughest thing to do, it is so important that you and your student talk about their departure. You both need to be able to feel closure in their last days and know that you will always be a part of each other’s lives. It is a vital part of their departure that you all sit down and talk about their experience and everything that came with it.
“What’s coming is better than what’s gone.” Saying goodbye to your exchange student will NEVER be an easy thing. You just have to remember all of the good times together so far and how many more there will be. It’s easy to get upset about your exchange student being gone, but instead, think about all of the bucket list items yet to come.
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