Moving to a new country a walk in the part for some, but rather a daunting experience for others. However in the program of cultural exchange, one stands a chance to reap many benefits that you take along with you when moving to your own country, not just the benefits which come with the program but also those that come naturally and have to do with the self.
When you leave your familiar and plug into the unknown shows your commintment to wanting to understand other people and cultures and it also offers you a grreat deal on knowledge about the world, the kind of knowledge you won’t be satified with just by reading about it in books or the internet.
Hree are some oof the benefits of participating in a cultural exchange program.
- Develop Communication and problem solving skills
Being a different country and living with a host family, you have to communicate with on a daily basis considering the language bearer. One is pushed to be creative in as far as their ablitiy to get the message across using your communication skills, there by also improves your overal ability to communicate with others.
- Experience a different culture
Some things can not be taught in a class room mainly culture, it is best learned through experience and exposure. Being a part of a cultural exchange program gives you a chance to experience a certain culture first hand, giving you an important insight into other perspectives, it helps broaden your horizon and encourages you to develop new opinions and ideas pertaining the culture.
- Overcoming Obstacles
Moving to a new environment alone can pose a challenge to an individual , but when facing obstacles as a young person, it gives you a sense of accomplishment and it boosts your self esteem as well as self awareness. When returning to your home country you are armed with a great deal of ambition and confidence to take on new challenges and even pursue new goals.
- Become socially adaptable
Not being in your usual zone, you automatically engage in new and unfamiliar social situations. by going through social customs on a daily basis allows you to be more flexible and adapt to unknown situations. You also become more apprectiative of another cultures beliefs, ideas and it pushes you to be open minded and develop a spirit of compromise.
- Building long-life friendships
For some young people, this is their main goal to interact socially and make new friends. Living wost family allows you to participate in their day-to-day life making you another family member. You either return to your home with that bond of new family and continue to be in contact with each other or you can even meet other foriegners in that country for reasons different or similar to you own, and so your circle of friends gets bigger.
As much as being aware from home is daunting ,learning to be in communication via cellphone only can be frustrating. However the overal experience allows you to grow and be independent also making you even more eager to experience other cultures as well. These and many other benefits await you out there so travel along, be brave take the chance, participate in a cultural exchange program.