Participation is important: help your student get involved locally
For many exchange students, feeling busy helps with their adjustment and makes them feel more at home. There are plenty of opportunities for students to engage in their communities.
Check with your local GAA or elsewhere in your community for something your student likes or an activity you can try together. Students may also be interested in less organized forms of exercise like dance, football, yoga and fitness classes.
Getting your student involved in activities is a great way to help them feel like a part of the community. Student Success Advisors will have planned activities for the students in the same area. If you'd like, consider partnering with your RM or other parents to organise an event like a coastal walk in the autumn or a holiday party in the winter for the exchange students or other teens in the area.
Ask your student if they would like to speak with local groups, churches, or primary schools. It can be a great way to share their culture and promote exchange within your community! Suggest they try going to see if this is something they will enjoy.
Volunteering is an big part of Irish culture and getting your student involved is a great way to help them connect. Is your student passionate about a cause? Research local awareness walks, fundraising events, food banks or advocacy groups they may be interested in supporting.
“My host family wants to be a big part of my life and they support me. I was nervous to join the football team because we don’t have that in Taiwan, but they encouraged me to try it and I made it as the striker. I don't play that much, but they still come to my matches to support me and the team.”
— Jason from Taiwan
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