Study abroad and global leadership programs are so beneficial for kids still in high school. What do you think?

Justine - posted on 02/06/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Teens who do study abroad and global leadership programs really benefit from the experience. Here's a great list of reasons why:
http://www.spiabroad.com/top-10-reasons-...

So, what do you think? Are you planning on sending your child to study abroad and immerse themselves in another language and way of life? Why or why not?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/10/2014

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I think it's up to each individual family.

Chet - posted on 02/06/2014

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I'm not sure if I would support our kids studying overseas when they are 15 to 18 years old. I've know a few families who hosted exchange students and when things went well (they didn't always) the kids were extremely mature, outgoing and motivated.

I also think it's really important for teens to be involved with hobbies or their community, and to study abroad you would need to abandon your hockey team, youth group, orchestra, dance troop, etc.

In general, I would probably prefer one semester of a study abroad program at the university level for most kids. With shorter trips overseas (2 weeks to a month) for high school students... and probably as a family trip when it's possible.

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