Thanks everyone for all the advice, I was able to find a lot of what everyone was talking about. We have started the process of getting information. Our rotary said they do not offer programs like that, but they gave me some other "big city" ones that may be able to help us....so thanks to all of you I really had a great starting spot! Have a great weekend all and thanks a ton!!! Nina
The Rotary Club has a really good program. We know lots of kids that have gone all over the world with it safely. They place the kids with families that have been checked out - and they can stay with more than one family during the year so if they don't get along or to see more of the country, etc. They fund a good part of it but require that the student do some fundraising (which they help with) and do a presentation when they return. They also encourage the student to write something in the local paper about their experience.
My daughter thought about doing this but did not want to miss a year of dance training.
My daughter went on a People to People Student Ambassador trip the summer before her senior year in high school. She spent three weeks traveling through New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji. This is a girl who would refuse to go to summer camp every year if she didn't know anyone else at camp. When she was nominated by one of her teachers and said she wanted to go, I was amazed. It was truly a positive life changing experience for her. She loved her trip and will remember it for the rest of her life. She gained confidence in herself and learned to enjoy and respect different cultures. She is a better person for that experience. I hope your son gets the same opportunity. We did some fund raising for my daughters trip. She managed to raise enough for spending money although I was hoping for her to raise more to help cover some of the costs. We used the ideas from the People to People website to raise money. The link to this page is fundingyoureducation.org. They had sample letters to send to family, friends and business's which we used and it was very successful. I went into the ice cream pie making business and raised a lot of money selling them to co-workers while my daughter generated a lot of orders at school. They were a big hit with everyone. My daughter also tried a valentine basket raffle which was not a big hit and didn't make much of a profit. I also wanted her to go door to door in the neighborhood explaining her trip and asking the neighbors to save their returnable cans for her but she wasn't crazy about the idea. I also wanted her to try the traveling flamingo's idea from the website because it looked like fun but again she wouldn't go for the idea. Anyway, check out the website because they have a wide range of ideas for fund raising. Good luck, I hope it works out.
You might want to contact them anyway and see if there are any reputable programs they can recommend that do work in Norway. The kids' school they went to briefly had a Finnish exchange student last year so I know that there are programs which work with the scandanavian countries.
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Thanks for all the suggestions! I did look into the link, thanks Tami. They do not go to Norway, but it really gave me a starting place, and I think I really needed that! I am really hoping we can make this work I really think he would be so enriched by this experience! Thanks again everyone! Nina
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Most programs have options for people w/ financial issues but sometimes it takes many questions and you must show great interest in wanting to do it. Another option is to see if you have any connections w/ a local business person/group that will help sponsor your son in their endeavor. Helping someone get life experiences is another type of giving for those who don't have time but have financial ability. In return, your son could email back and forth and keep them informed of how well he is doing/ experiences he is engaging/ growth he is making in his life.
Good luck! A big decision but one that you will be happy you thoroughly investigated before you decide for or against it! I think your son will greatly appreciate your efforts/concern even if in the end you can't do it. Mine have in the past...
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Also, while he's researching this, you son should also be looking into colleges with study abroad programs. My cousin (same aunt) spent a semester in Spain through Butler University and absolutely loved it. He had the option to go to Australia as a grad student but had the oportunity to go in to the USAF for flight training and chose that instead.
It's a very cool opportunity and if you can find a way, DO IT! I know it's scary as a parent but I wanted to do this so badly as a teen and my grandparents refused. It's something I've always regretted because then life interfered and I was 41 before I made it to Europe.
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Ok, I have a question and not sure if anyone here can help. My son, who turns 17 in a couple of weeks wants to spend a year in Norway. They apparently have an extra year of high school, so he wants to graduate here his senior year and then go to Norway for the year before he goes to college. The experience he would gain from this would be absolutely amazing, not to mention that he is a Cross Country skier, so he would get an extra year of that in as well. The only thing is, financially it is a struggle for us(he is the oldest of 4) and I do not have any idea of where to start looking for programs that would help us make this happen. Also we home school. So, any suggestions or thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Have a great day everyone! Thanks, Nina
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