Advising for PSP

Common Questions

Is my student allowed to date someone while on program?
Answer

Your student is allowed to date on program if you (the host parent) are comfortable with it. Nacel Open Door supports host parents' decisions on dating. NOD encourages students to make a variety of friends and spend time with groups of people while on program in order to take full advantage of their exchange experience.

Who are the NOD Advising staff? What do they do?
Answer

Advising staff assist students and host families with cultural adjustments by providing culturally sensitive advising services, resource referrals, and assessment or evaluation services. They also help in situations where a student has not followed program rules or U.S. laws.

Can my student drive while on program?
Answer

Students are not allowed to drive any type of vehicle on program. Insurance and liability factors make it too risky to allow exchange students to drive. They can take Driver’s Education classes (textbook/lecture component, NOT on-the-road component) while in the USA and are encouraged to complete Driver’s Ed in their home countries.

Can my student participate in high-risk activities such as bungee jumping or archery?
Answer

Students are not allowed to participate in high-risk activities such as bungee jumping, sky diving, spelunking, rock climbing outside (an inside climbing wall is okay), zip lining, extreme sports, etc. Students are also not allowed to fly on private planes. Students are not allowed to handle, possess or operate firearms or other weapons/equipment. Archery and fencing are only allowed if they are school offered courses in a highly controlled environment. High-risk activities are best enjoyed under the supervision of biological parents and in their respective home countries.

My student seems homesick. How can I help?
Answer

Encourage your student to view any cultural differences they are struggling with as a part of the greater exchange experience and to be realistic about their expectations. Suggest ways to relax if they seem tense or especially tired. Tell them they are brave for coming to live in a different country and to find humor in the cultural nuances. Suggest that they become involved in after school activities and clubs in order to stay social and active.

My student was caught cheating/plagiarizing at school. What should I do?
Answer

Typically, schools have various consequences for students caught cheating and plagiarizing. Once you know what the consequence is, please inform your local rep of the incident.

My student admitted to doing something illegal/against program rules. What do I do?
Answer

Please inform your local rep, regional manager, or contact the Advising Department at advising@nacelopendoor.org or 1-800-622-3553. They will handle the situation and keep you apprised of the developments. 

My student is spending all of their free time on their mobile device. How do I handle this?
Answer

If your own children have to follow rules about device usage, please have the exchange student do the same. It is acceptable to place boundaries for the student if device usage is excessive, such as no devices at the dinner table, place all devices on the kitchen table before bedtime, etc. Sometimes students may simply need a reminder about what your family considers appropriate device usage. Please remember that students always need at least one way available to them to contact their natural parents.

CultureNotes

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The Slovak culture is still very tied to folk traditions, even as industrialization and modernization have kept the country current.

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