How to Take Travel Home


JoAnna is a globe-trotting, idea-inventing, culture-collecting creativity connoisseur with a global family of foreign exchange students and rescue pets. You can also find JoAnna at

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6 Responses

  1. Great to read about what you are doing with the hosting. Sounds like a worthwhile endeavor. As for the immersion tips: I agree with all of them except the last. RS and Pimsleur, for me, are just no substitute for real practice in the target language – they are so much more boring too. Save your money!

  2. Holiday Package India says:

    Liked reading your article.Hosting any student that has different culture lets you have a different experience..You are doing a great job…

  3. Tyler Muse says:

    I think the last point, “learn a language,” can be supported by most of the tips you listed. Watching foreign films, attending cultural events, pen pals…these are all ways to keep you brushing up on a language and in constant practice.

    • JoAnna says:

      I agree, though it’s not always easy to learn a second (or third or fourth) language. If you’ve got the dedication to do so, I’m a big supporter of learning other languages, but for those who don’t have the time or skills, all those other options are equally viable, I think.

  1. February 10, 2012

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