八月 27 2002

2002-2003黃欣媛同學母親分享

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::  黃欣媛同學母親
::  AYUSA 2002
::  美國 Oregon 州

劉顧問:

您好!

孩子到美求學已四周。我要說的是,謝謝顧問、張主任、及Nora對孩子的關心與照顧。顧問給孩子的觀念都十分正面,讓我很放心把孩子交給蓁華,交給AYUSA。

我的小孩Joyce(黃欣媛)在Oregon,home爸&home媽都是學校老師。家裡有六個交換學生,分別來自日本、韓國、挪威、德國、和捷克。六個孩子相處得很好,每次打電話就聽見他們的笑聲。每晚用過餐,父母就會陪著他們做功課,然後學各國語言,快樂得不得了!本周四(8/29/02)下課後,爸媽要帶他們回華盛頓州渡假,他們是搭父母的旅行車,有廚房、廁所、浴室的那種!Joyce好期待!

最近媒體報導很多遊學的問題,一些報紙副刊上所刊寄宿家庭的文章都是負面、不好的。我覺得我們應該把好的一面說出來,讓家長們多知道一些,也才不會冤枉了那些招待我們孩子的寄宿爸媽了!

黃欣媛的媽媽    08/2002

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二月 17 2020

2006-2007李婕同學父親分享

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::  李婕 同學爸爸

我清楚知道在AYUSA的協助下我的擔心最終將會是多餘,但腦海中盤旋的仍盡是孩子求助無門….等景象,我顯的擔心與焦慮…

即使李婕在赴美當交換學生之前已經有二年的離家住校經驗,身為父親的我仍然不免擔心她未來這一年交換學生期間將不知會遭遇什麼樣的困難與挫折,畢竟她才只是一個十七歲大的孩子,我清楚知道在AYUSA的協助下我的擔心最終將會是多餘,但腦海中盤旋的仍盡是空難、治安不佳、種族歧視、孩子求助無門等景象,我顯的擔心與焦慮,甚至在出發前夕我捨棄對女兒的諸多期待,直接了當的告訴她即使你腦袋空空回來都沒關係,只要人平平安安回來就好,直到她在赴美一個半月後在AYUSA的協助之下找到真正她可以適應的接待家庭,我忐忑不安的心才得以放下。

赴美前的李婕簡直不知天高地厚,出發前一天下午還想要跟國中同學出去看電影,在中正(桃園)機場出境大廳也感覺不到她有太大的焦慮,同行的其他同學大致也是如此,看不出有什麼明顯的不安,午夜飛美的班機起飛後我回到中部的家就一直注意電視有無空難的報導,直到接到他從洛杉磯打國際電話回家報平安之後才有安全踏實的感覺。

在洛杉磯為期二週的Pre-AYUSA文化營是孩子與美國的蜜月期,在蜜月期期間她已初嚐苦果,這時她才發現她英語糟糕的離譜,工作人員說的英語她一句話也聽不懂,在台灣從沒有這種感覺,這下她心慌了,我也愛莫能助,只能替她乾著急,文化營過後第二天李婕就從洛杉磯自己單飛到美東紐約州中部的阿爾巴尼(Albany),在洛杉磯搭機前一天電視發布英國倫敦發生地鐵站不明氣體攻擊事件,加上之前的九一一恐怖攻擊,這一趟飛越美國東西部的旅程也讓在台灣的我們擔心不已,還好她安全抵達阿爾巴尼,她的homeparent早已在機場等她,李婕的學校是阿爾巴尼市的一所公立高中(guilderland high school),學校1-12年級共有學生2000多人,全校約有4﹪的學生來自世界各國,homestay就在離學校校車車程約20分鐘的郊區,有一位來自西亞國家哈薩克的交換學生Oxana一起住在這個接待家庭。

她體驗到在遭遇挫折時要『透過適當的人際網路找尋解決問題的方法,並主動把問題拋出來向外界求援』

經過一個半月的相處,婕兒感到無法十分適應這個家庭,於是有了更換接待家庭的想法,於是她把她的狀況與困難告訴她週邊的朋友,幸運的,她一位同校的同學願意伸出援手,在AYUSA的輔導協調下得以在不換學校只換接待家庭的情形下順利轉換到新的接待家庭,在現在這個接待家庭裡,有欣賞她並肯定她的Homeparent,也有友善的homebrother與homedog,輕鬆自在,顯然快樂多了,令我感到欣慰的是孩子解決這個問題的方式,她體驗到在遭遇挫折時要『透過適當的人際網路找尋解決問題的方法,並主動把問題拋出來向外界求援』,她也體會到初到一個陌生的地方,建立人際關係網路其實是很重要的,我想她應該體悟了中國哲語『在家靠父母,出外靠朋友』的意涵了。

上星期婕兒從美國打電話回來,說她喜歡這個接待家庭,也喜歡這個學校,並說美國孩子滿十八歲後大部分都會離家獨立生活,她已感受到美國人對待孩子的不同教育方式,婕兒赴美三個月,我可以感受到她明顯的變化,她已經從一個懵懵懂懂的孩子變的會開始思考她少年時曾經做過什麼?未來要做什麼?要怎樣作才可以達成目標?因為生活費受限,她不敢亂花錢,知道要節省開銷,控制消費,如果有額外的支出,會先考慮家裡是否負擔得起,婕兒告訴我當她主動要求幫忙做家事時homemom那種驚訝、感動、欣慰的表情,我雖沒親眼看到,但可想而知,homemom還跟她說要謝謝我讓這麼善體人意、家教良好的女兒住在他們家裡。

當初會選擇美東,目的是希望她遠離華人圈,在當交換學生期間能真正體驗美國,至少能把英語學的流利一些,婕兒剛到美國初期說英文都要先經大腦想一下才敢說出來,現在比較可以直接說英語了,也漸漸習慣用英語思考的方式來表達,經過了三個月後我才可以比較放心婕兒在美的生活,即使她也會抱怨在學校並非人人都友善,也會遇到高傲、冷漠同學,但這些她都必須要坦然面對的,我相信她自己會找出最佳的對應方式。

我知道在一生只有一次機會的美國高中生交換學生經驗,足以讓她在未來的人生當中細細品味…

看著婕兒在美人生閱歷日漸豐富成長,我不知道在將近一年的交換學生生涯對她會不會有什麼足以改變一生的影響,但我知道在一生只有一次機會的美國高中生交換學生經驗,足以讓她在未來的人生當中細細品味。

Oct 31, 2006 李婕爸爸

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二月 17 2020

2002-2003陳威宏同學父親分享

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::  陳威宏同學父親
::  AYUSA 2002
::  美國 Arizona 州
民國91年4月11日星期四當天從報紙上得知 AYUSA 這個名詞之後,即與蓁華教育結識!經過急促的報名、英文測驗、準備證件、填寫AYUSA student application…等關卡,再加上多次的聚會聽講等事宜,終於在8月4日當天深夜載送我兒威宏(Charlie)到機場,可是在搭機赴美的那一刻卻仍然不知Charlie將會落腳何處,這可讓身為家長的我忐忑不安哩,這期間雖然一再地詢問、催促劉顧問、張老師,而所得到的答覆卻是“ not yet!”,瞧他(她)們一票人老神在在,可讓我們做家長的惶恐不安呢!想必這是眾多家長們的心聲吧,也或許是經驗的關係,乃成為家長與蓁華同仁們看法的差異,對於之前的責難則深表歉意!威宏自從登陸美國國土之後即受到幸運之神的眷顧,首先於第四天就脫隊單飛至亞利桑那州鳳凰城附近的 Surprise 小鎮的公立高中,待威宏住進 Host Family 後受到家庭成員兩大人三小孩的熱烈歡迎,雖然威宏未滿十六歲,可是卻可以很快融入異國的家庭,而威宏每每在電話那頭展現的是活潑與健康語氣,這將是他一生改變的開始呢!讓我們做父母的更倍感欣慰,迄今僅有壹個多月的光景,AYUSA 紮實的組織,深深的感覺選擇蓁華是對的,蓁華經驗豐富的輔助,乃蘊育出今天威宏的自信與獨立,這是我內心要表達的謝意、再謝意!也藉由家長良好的口碑,相信由劉顧問帶領的蓁華團隊定能永續經營,造福更多更多的莘莘學子,謝謝!

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二月 17 2020

2003-2004徐康桓同學母親分享

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::  徐康桓同學母親
::  AYUSA 2003
::  美國-喬治亞州(Georgia)


今年四月由舊生家長介紹,得知「AYUSA」的「美國高中交換學生」,是個很棒的學習經驗!由於這也正是Ken的計劃,因此在實際的觀察瞭解之後,覺得與其教育理念一致,我們便成為它的一員。

從Ken獨自轉機抵達接待家庭這件事情看來,我相信孩子的潛力是可以被激發的,任何一個新的經驗,對他而言都是學習。所以在可以預知的未來,我已見到Ken的改變!感謝AYUSA機構的所有工作人員為Ken所作的一切。

2003/10/17

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二月 17 2020

wow, i did so much fun stuff!!!

Published by admin under KS 鍾晨, 學生心得分享

11/06/08-The speech

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This is one of the assignments of the Communication class. Every student has to make a 10 minutes speech this month. I thought it would be a good chance for me to introduce something about Taiwan. So I decided that I was going to do that. I wrote my outline, it was about the geography of Taiwan. Meanwhile, I prepared a map of Taiwan and a sweet potato, so I could make people recognize the shape of Taiwan quicker. I practice many times before I went to speak. The speech was on November 7th. The whole class went to have lunch with the rotary club. I supposed to be the only one who was going to give that speech, but Ryan said it might be better if I speak before he had his because he thought it would be easier for people to follow his points if I give the basic concepts of Taiwan first.  I think people liked the speech. But the most interesting thing is that there was a man, who work in the local hospital told me that his wife is a Taiwanese. That was impressive. Well, he said that his wife will definitely want to meet Ryan and me. I am looking forward that. It might be around Christmas when we will meet. The speech was good. And I am glad that it was.

11/13/08-The Taiwanese Meal

cooking.JPG    cooking2.JPGActually, we have been talking about to have a Taiwanese meal for a long time. Ryan has a cook book that has recipe for Taiwanese dishes in it. Kerry was interesting in it, so she went to talk to Mrs. Seal about it. After that, they decided to have a Taiwanese meal on Wednesday. Kerry and Mrs. Seal are cooking lunch on Wednesdays for the school. The Taiwanese was supposing to be last week, but both Kerry and Mrs. Seal got things to do. We discussed a lot and at the end, we decided to have fried rice and flat beef cake. (I am not sure what the actual name is.) Anyway, the meal was successfully done. I was happy that I could have some TAIWANESE food.

11/13/08-The community service-band performance

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We went to the care center today for academy’s community service program. We made some turkey handcrafts and cards yesterday for the thanksgiving. I made a card and gave to an old man because Mr. Gould wanted us to give our cards and crafts to elders in the care center. We played one song and sang a couple songs. There was another special performance-bell. Although this is a common thing that we play in the Christian band,
we never tried to have a public performance before. Anyway, the performance was fine and
everyone was happy. We are definitely going to do other performances like this in the future.

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11/14/08-The Fall Program (speech plus performance)

cooking5.JPGToday was academy’s fall program. It was fall concert for the band. There were students from other place and all of them are attending in home school. They played bell, piano and violin. We sang, played songs and bell. I think the band sounded pretty that night. I gave a speech about Taiwan. I was thinking about to introduce Taiwan to the people in town. Because the presentations that I have done so far are mostly presented to the school, I want to provide information about Taiwan to more people. I thought the fall program is a good chance for me to do that because Mr. Gould told me that some people in town would come. I asked Mr. Gould if I can give a speech about Taiwan. He said he would arrange it for me if possible. So he talked to Mr. Hale (teacher for communication arts) about that he wants me to give a speech in the fall program. He also mentioned that he wondered if Ryan wants to give a speech or not. So Mr. Hale asked Ryan. But Ryan didn’t even think about to give a speech in the fall program before Mr. Hale asked him. He thought that was a good idea, so he said yes. His topic is 』 Why is Taiwan so Important』 and mine is 『The geography of Taiwan and the people live on this beautiful island』. I made a Power Point presentation with the speech since there was a projector available. The speech went smoothly. I really like it myself and I think people like it, too. I also spent some time to answer people’s questions. I am glad that people can know more about Taiwan. This operation will keep going. I will try my best to give more presentations, speeches and performances to Americans.

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11/27/08-Thanksgiving Day

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Actually, this is a quite small thanksgiving for my host family. They got about 20 people in their house last year. But there were just 6 of us left this year. My host mom’s parents and sister, those are all the visitors we had. However, it wasn’t boring because we got less people. We had a great Thanksgiving lunch. After that, we chatted and played games. We played a game that I have never played before. I was a beginner, but it was still interesting. I played my violin for grandma before they left. I think she liked it. Everything was good enough for a nice Thanksgiving Day. But Kerry was expecting that it would snow. Unfortunately, it didn’t snow before her parents left. Not a really good timing, huh? Anyway, this might be the first Thanksgiving Day I have ever experienced in my life. And it was worth and warm.

11/30/08-Hunting

hunting.JPGLarry’s grandson, a little boy-Ben and I went out hunting today. Because the weather was cold outside, there were many animals out in the field. So thought it was just going to be a shooting practice. When went back to my house, they decided went out and shoot Larry’s shot gun. We shot a hare when we were in the back yard. They brought it home for tomorrow’s lunch. Well, I might want to try rabbit meat, but they brought all of meat home. It was a special experience for me, anyway. hunting2.JPG

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