Student exchange programs, both foreign and domestic, provide college and university students with opportunities that they simply could not get anywhere else. Whether students want to travel in order to earn credits, broaden their horizons or experience a new culture, there are plenty of benefits to be had. It’s true that being exchanged student gain a plenty of benefits, but most of them don’t know about the dark-side of an exchange programs. I’m 20 years old, being an exchange students at Canada when I was grade10. I was an ER (early return) student, I stayed in Canada for 4 months in spite of 10 months. Anyone thinks that I did something seriously bad but I’ll tell you my story.
When I was 15, I won a scholarship and being an exchange student. I quite sure that it would be a best time of my life since I was in the most famous program. The journal has begin in September 2010, I flew from Suvarnabhumi airport and transfer at England to Canada. When I’m at Canada, I feel so excited to be in the place I’ve never been before. In first month, it’s so hard to me to communicate with each other because I live in Quebec, Canada which is the province that used French language as their first language to communicate, and also in school I felt that foreign people is not the same as Thai people since foreign people are somehow not friendly as Thai people, so I need to do something in order to attract them and to be my friend. A life went on and then the unexpected thing happened, after one month that I spent in Canada, an exchange program’s employees came to my house and then gave me the agreement. The agreement stated that I was addicted to mobile phone, don’t have an effort in speaking French. I was so shocked since it was only one month and they wanted me to speak French fluently, then they said that I needed to sign to accept that agreement or they will send me back to Thailand, I tried to message to my parents but surprisingly they took my phone and said that I needed to sign the agreement alone, I was in fear since the agreement was both wrote in English and French and I was only 15 and I need to sign the agreement alone, so I signed it without any choices.
After that hard life goes on and then an exchange program called to me and told me that they will send me back to Thailand for the same reasons above, they said that I violated the agreement that I signed. I was drowned in tears since I stayed for 4 months right at that time and my life began to be a good time. Then I returned to Thailand and found out that an exchange program that I attended in Thai and Canada were having problems each other, so Canada’s exchange program used me as a tool to show their power to Thai’s exchange program. My story is more complicated and have a lot more information in it, writing may not be enough, anyone who wants to know my story needs to come and talk to me face to face because the story is so complicated than I interviewed to you. Lastly, I want to tell that it is an experience that you’ll never find it in your life, even though my experiences was a bad experiences but I think it makes me stronger to be in the real world.