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MiamiDavid,

 

Thank you for sharing the article.

 

It's a shame those students were treated so horribly. Hopefully, World Experience and AFS are not involved.

 

Our 18 year old daughter, Amber, was an exchange student in Japan last school year and she had a wonderful experience. World Experience sent her to Japan.

 

World Experience gave us 2 high school exchange students from Japan (female) and I'm happy to say they enjoyed us and the USA. We also enjoyed them.

 

Next school year, we will be hosting a female high school exchange student (15) from Thailand through AFS.

 

I'm sure her experience and our experience will be a good one.

 

It's a shame to hear about people taking in exchange students and not caring about them.

 

Laura K

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http://edition.cnn.com/2009/US/07/15/us.ex...=rss_topstories

 

Exchange students live American nightmare

 

SCRANTON, Pennsylvania (CNN) -- They came from around the world hoping to spend a high school year immersed in the culture and joys of America.

 

Instead, five young foreign exchange students found themselves caught in a nightmare of neglect, malnourishment and abandonment by those supposed to protect them.

 

Now those five -- natives of countries stretching from Norway to Tanzania to Colombia -- are back home telling friends of a different America than they expected. And their brief visit reverberates in America as a United States senator demands accountability and reform, a Pennsylvania district attorney seeks criminal charges and the U.S. State Department concedes it failed to protect kids coming to America.

There are so many......caught between us who give a crap........and those who would like to come and contribute.......I deal with it everyday on a local basis. Common sense, logic does not apply anymore. In order to do anything we must ask permission from the Bureaucrats. Supposidly there are supposed to have better information for us to apply ouselves in a more efficient and positive manner. I was told today that altho the people in the bureacracy agree with me that the rules (no doubt drated by a layyer in Newport Beach, CA)prohibit them from signing off on what makes sense to all. And so our world continues to disentegrate......agrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.....anyone with the answer please message me......thanks.....john p.s.....when the end comes M/D and Laura......you are welcome at my place to pitch your tents..

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MD, I was disgusted after reading that article yesterday!

When my daughter first brought up the idea of applying for a Rotary Exchange we were all for it. Then, when she thought that she may not get accepted into that particular program and asked if she could apply for a 'paying program' similar to what the article mentioned, we said 'no'.

I had been approached by someone who knew that I had participated in the Japanese program, and they wanted someone/anyone' to to take in the 'student who they felt wasn't been treated right'. I was really angry that they didn't just remove the person of concern, and not just 'inquire' about their possible removal. Obviously, this wasn't a unique situation. People must be vetted before they are accepted into a program that puts any youth at risk.

And she did get the Rotary Exchange to Australia for a year, and we hosted many other in the same program, and would recommend anyone whose child may get the opportunity, to let them take it!

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costaricafinca,

 

I'm glad hosting students and your daughter being an exchange student worked out for you, too.

 

Laura K

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MD, I was disgusted after reading that article yesterday!

 

I was furious!

 

I had the pleasure of being the Coral Gables People To People president for a year. We regularly set up student exchanges.

 

If I ever would have heard of that kind of behavior by any of our host families I'm certain I would still be in jail for what I would have done to the perpetrators.

 

IMHO they should be charged with _treason_ as they have done as much damage as any 10 terrorists.

 

GRRRRRR!!!!!! :angry:

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Update:

 

Our 15 year old (16 in October 2009) female high school exchange student from Thailand sponsored by AFS (www.afs.org) will be living with us starting Saturday, August 15, 2009 and will stay with us until July 2010.

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Our female high school exchange student from Muang, Thailand has arrived today. She is 15 years old and will enter 10th grade at our local public high school. Her name is Kwanporn "Oy" Hotrawaisaya. She is from this province:

http://isan.sawadee.com/ubonratchathani/. Oy will be with us until the end of June 2010 and she is from AFS (www.afs.org).

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