Wry Exchange


Weekly Update & Evicted
08-31-07, 7:49 pm
Filed under: Exchange Students, Home | Tags: , , ,

Eli’s school papers are in the consulate, again.  Now we wait for them to call for another Visa interview.  The poor boy wants to come here so much, even more since he saw the orientation photos.   His host brother has been helping him with his English.  Eli is so ready to be an exchange student. 
Ian, Che, and Mia are all adjusting well. So far. I’m sure I’ll get a phone call when a problem gets big enough it can’t be ignored. The kids all have first-time host families, who are afraid everyone is judging them.  I think they are treating the students as guests.  One of our other kids has moved already. The hostmom decided she really didn’t want to host. 2 weeks isn’t a record. It’s not even close.
Our quickest eviction was 3 days.  The boy had very limited English skills, but was really sweet.  The first-time host parents wanted a soccer-playing boy because their 2 sons lives revolved around soccer.  Our boy wasn’t too good at soccer, but was a superb swimmer.  He beat both host brothers in swim races.  They didn’t like the competition.  I think they also wanted either a soccer coach or a ringer for their team.  The sheriff was called to the house in the middle of the night saying they had a 911 call (from a computer chatroom in another state) that the foreign exchange student was going to stab and kill the father.  Grandma answered the door, and didn’t even bother waking hostdad up.  The next morning, we received a call to come get the kid IMMEDIATELY.  The reason was that the boys were frightened by the crazy exchange student, and the family wanted him shipped back home.  Husband and I go to pick up the boy, and he was happy to see us.  Then we had to tell him he was coming with us, along with his belongings.  It took a while for him to understand.  The host family was rude to us, and the student.  We brought the kid back to our house for a few days, and then he went to his counselor’s home for a week until he could move to his new permanent family.  He was a well-mannered, sweet, kind boy….who just didn’t play soccer well enough for the family.  The parents didn’t believe their sons made the prank 911 call, they insisted our student made the calls.  He couldn’t speak or type English well enough to pass for an American. 
Sparky called last night to bitch. I ‘got him in trouble’ at school.  Classes are usually over by noon, and  I called at 2:00pm.  He was in a special assembly, and his cell phone was confiscated.  He’s doing better, he’s been having reverse culture shock.  We miss each other.  Husband was home, and got to talk and tease him.  Jon and Jen are doing well, and are having fun.  

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