I have searched around the internet for some information on student exchanges without much luck and I am a longtime lurker here.
My son will be a high school sophomore next fall and through mutual friends in Germany found a family with a daughter looking to do an exchange to an English-speaking country, and thought the USA was acceptable anyways.<--insert laugh track here.
They want to do it DIY because she is a few months shy of exchange program cutoff age, it is this way for them or not happening.
I'm torn on the DIY method. Pro is it's $4000 to $15000 cheaper, depending on the exchange program. Con is if our son feels isolated, doesn't click with host family, struggles with school he will be mostly on his own. We found one that they cover the option that isn't just a random family.
The question is for folks in the know...been there and done that...is an exchange program provide that level of support? Do American exchange students huddle up now and then to commiserate being strangers in a strange land and that sort of thing?
I guess another question that comes to mind is if being separated from your 15 year old for 9 months is worth it...that was a lot harder for me to type than I thought it would.