Amicus Philosophy #3: Respect & Understanding Build Trust & Relationship
Your Host Family will have their own family rules about electronics. Ask them about their rules at the beginning of your year. The best way to avoid issues is to have a clear understanding from the start. It’s best to plan to have your screen time and social media time limited at your Host Home. Be prepared to have your devices charged in a shared space in your host home at night. This might be frustrating and something you are not used to, but making a decision to engage fully in your Amicus year will mean adjusting to rules for using electronic devices.
Whether you bring your own laptop or rely on your Host family’s computer, be prepared for limits and sharing with other family members. If you do have your own laptop, it will be easy for you to withdraw to the privacy of your own room and communicate with home whenever you feel like it, or when you are reacting to your own emotions. This will create a barrier in your relationships.
We cannot urge you strongly enough to make a plan before your departure and establish a day of the week when you will communicate with your family and friends at home; make sure to ask them to respect the Amicus Communication policy.
Social Media: Words of Wisdom
✦ THINK FIRST before posting. Be respectful and considerate when posting anything related to Amicus, your host family, or school.
✦ NEVER post anything which could be dangerous to your host family or you, such as specific personal details about you or your host family.
✦ Be TRUTHFUL with your posts.
✦ NEVER post anything that infringes on copyright laws, such as pirated music, films or images.
✦ NEVER post offensive photos and USE only appropriate language.
✦ REPRESENT your family, your nation and Amicus well. Your posts influence what others think about you and your country.
Amicus Philosophy #6 ...You’re Never Alone!
Remember, your Host Family and Amicus Mentor are your first and best sources of support. Always talk to your Host Family when you don’t understand a rule or a decision or any challenge you are experiencing. Be careful to discuss it in a respectful manner and do it at the appropriate time. You can always call your Amicus Mentor and ask for their guidance and help with communication.
Having a spirit of learning will determine how you experience your exchange year! There’ll be some things that you’ll like and some things you won’t like. The issue is rarely one of right versus wrong - it is often simply cultural differences.