For goodenss sake Jo, I do not think anything will be "traumatic" for the kids, hell, I flew to Amsterdam at 13, alone, to meet my grandmother from who came up from Paris,I spoke no french or dutch and she spoke only french.. and she was late arriving, I thought it was exciting, as I searched for a phone to phone the Canadian
Embassy,, I was not "traumatized " in the least. .I was dissapointed when she showed up,, LOL
The stress and worry will be all Robins and her friend ( other chaperone) .
It certainly did sound like you were trying to compare the two experiences, but you say I am mistaken so excuse me. . I also think a school billeting exchange program is a little different too, and something I know would be organized months in advance.
Michelle, so you stayed in your own country for that trip right? No language issues anyways, yet you said it was a "logistical nightmare",, I am sure the children did not find it so, only the teachers .
Robins group is very small, so very manageableI am sure she will not have any huge logistical nightmares. We just have different laws here regarding overnight school sponsored trips. Both sexes must have a chaperone.
Apparently the school that Robin is working at does not have any rules about that. Here, even to go on a school camping trip the parents who are staying overnight to chaperone are carefully screened. I guess we are just more uptight.
One issue I can think of,which I admit is not likely to happen, but NOT impossible. Lad goes into public washroom, does not emerge for 20 minutes. He is ill, but no one goes in to check on him, teacher will now have to ask a stranger to check on boy. This can of course happen to a mother and son travelling too, and guess what , it did. Moi. I realized son had upset tummy as he told me, but a boy with 9 other females may be embarrasesed to mention it.
At least his sister is on trip though.