The Bilingual Mind philosophy adopted by JOYFE really comes into its own with the addition of the Language Exchanges. To really get to grips with the mindset of a country and to learn about its culture, you need to go there. And this year we will see our students travelling all over Europe – schools and families in England, Holland, France and Germany open their doors and hearts to us throughout the year allowing us to understand their cultures at the same time as putting our language skills to the test. There is nothing quite like staying with a host family for improving fluency. But the children learn much more than a language when they take part in an exchange. When you have to follow another family’s timetable, abide by their rules, when you have to make your spending money last the duration of the trip, attend classes at school, and when you spend time away from your family, you travel out of your comfort zone, you become more tolerant, more self-aware, more confident, you get a taste for travelling, a hunger for knowledge and a thirst for experience.
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