|Quoting PHX787 (Reply 52):|
From being a foreign student abroad to knowing foreign students who came to Arizona, I have these points of advice-
I appreciate the points PHX787.
1) respect their religious culture and ask them if they want to partake in your religious culture's services. Don't force them to go to church if they're not religious or of a specific denomination.
-Response: That was all addressed in our application and in the student's profile. I know that she is Christian (per her profile), which is preferable, but we let the agency know that she is welcome to practice whatever faith she would like. In addition, we will not force her to attend church with us.
2) Take them grocery shopping frequently. Encourage them to cook their local delicacies and teach them your specialties.
-Response: We do intend on taking her grocery shopping often. The wife and I already do a "big" shopping run every weekend and we usually run to the store 1 to 2 other times during the week for something. We will certainly encourage her to go with us on the weekend so that she can pick out things she would like for her upcoming week.
3) A language phrasebook is awesome. But keep their language usage to a minimum.
-Response: Thank you for that information. I had not thought about that.
4) keep her involved with her school and encourage her to meet and hang out with her friends. The more active she is, the less likely she'll be homesick.
-Response: That's the plan. She loves sports and wants to participate in volleyball and other sports, which we certainly encourage. We will find out more on how to join those things once we go in to register for classes on the 19th. We hope she makes a lot of friends and will welcome them over at our home often. In addition, when she isn't playing sports or participating in extra-curriculars, we will take her to do things around DFW
(museums, etc)on weekends and hope to take a few weekend trips with her. We are going to see if she can join us in Cabo (SJD) for 4 days in November.
Thanks again for the advice PHX787.