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Around the world gift-giving traditions vary on special occasions of all kinds. Who gives gifts to whom? When? How should a...


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As host parents we have a lot of explaining to do - the fun (even funny) kind of explaining. For example:


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I gathered my purse, snacks, jackets, and lap blankets and headed out the door to enjoy a soccer game with the kids: my three...


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In the 1960’s psychologists “discovered” culture shock. They were surprised that new immigrants needed so much medical care. A...


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Your exchange student is living thousands of miles from home for an extended period of time. Virtually everything is different...


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Each fall, I welcome a new group of exchange students to the Oregon coast and watch them begin the process of adapting to...


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For most exchange students, October and November are the most difficult months of the exchange. Cultural differences that were...


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