Wry Exchange

First Outbound Training Session
02-10-09, 1:43 am
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   Our first training session was Saturday.  The students were so good!  They all remembered paper and pen.  They showed up on time, they were attentive, and they didn’t whisper during training.  I was really impressed.    They had a tough day.  Since last month’s meeting was cancelled due to weather, this was a double session. 

It wasn’t perfect.  One kid didn’t show, call, or email.  I still haven’t heard from him.  He weeded himself out.  I’ve been defriended on Facebook, so I think that’s a clue.  We stressed ‘mandatory’ many times, and the students signed contracts agreeing to the meeting dates.    I’ve heard gossip about the student’s heart not being into exchange.  Better now than later.  He can still go to college in the Fall, hasn’t put much money into the program, and didn’t spend oodles on a plane ticket.  

One of the first questions was “Why do you want to be an exchange student?”  The answers went from ‘learning about myself’ to ‘looking good on applications and resumés.’   Several know this is a great opportunity to travel and become bilingual.  A few students want to study Botany in Brasil, and one wants to study dance.   No one was interested in music, art, interior design, or decorating for the first time in years. 

We’re still trying to get to know the real person behind the groomed interviewee and polished application.  They’re relaxing now, and don’t realize we’re still watching them.  I did warn them at interviews that ‘everything is a test.’


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i think the outbound training went over very well

Comment by Anonymous

Maybe they don’t remember you telling them ” Everything is a test”, but really it is. And for someone not to realize that may be pretty difficult especially since everybody is starting to warm up to each other although the year is almost over, it seems like it all just began when truth of the matter is, is that we only have a couple of months left.

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