Culture shock is a common thing for students to experience to some degree. For most students, it’s temporary and with a little understanding and guidance, you can help them recover quickly. There are four phases of culture shock to be aware of:
Students are excited about new experiences and surroundings and they will start to associate Canada with their home country. Identifying similarities between the two countries often helps students feel more comfortable.
As students start to notice the difference between Canada and their home country they can start to feel a little disorientated. At this point, some students may even begin to feel homesick. Often, students may not outwardly display “symptoms” but they may get sleepier and look for more alone time away from their host family. It’s important to keep an open line of communication during this time and be accepting, especially if the student wants to talk about their feelings.
Students start to feel more relaxed, comfortable, and secure with their surroundings.
As students begin to enjoy their new way of life, they will become more confident and comfortable with their host families.
If you feel like your son/daughter is not reaching the recovery/stability phase, please contact your Homestay Coordinator. The timing of the recovery/stability state varies, but should be within a month of their arrival and living with you.
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