Tips for Guardians

Over the past few years and with increased communication abilities via phone, Skype and blogs, it has become clear that guardians often struggle with the separation from their sons and daughters. As a society we have become used to keeping tabs on everyone at a moment’s notice. Being separated by thousands of miles with highly limited communication is therefore often difficult to accept.

However, in order for each student to gain the most from his/her experience, this limited communication is a must. Only if the student is able to disconnect from his country, family and language, can s/he truly immerse.

The word I hear most at the end of the program is "independence." Not only are students now able to take care of themselves, but they have also become responsible for the learning process.

Giselle Martins Penna Firme Pedrosa, Former IUHPFL instructor