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Friendo
09-09-2009, 10:52 AM
my 16 yr old daughter has been invited to participate in this next summer-travel & study in Italy, Sicily & Greece. anybody got any experience with this Exchange Organization? Info mtg coming up soon, but figured someone here might share some insight-thanks

Buehler445
09-09-2009, 10:54 AM
My brother went to Russia right after the collapse of the USSR. It was in like 1990 or 91, so I don't have much insight, but I think he really enjoyed it.
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gblowfish
09-09-2009, 10:55 AM
People.
People who need people,
Are the luckiest people
In the world.

sparkky
09-09-2009, 11:38 AM
don't know anything about them now but my older sister went on a 8 week/10 country (I think it was) European tour in the late '60's.

the organization has been around a while.

Mr. Kotter
09-09-2009, 12:06 PM
My wife was a group chaperon for trips to Europe and Australia, 7-8 years ago. Overall, it seems to be a good program. A lot depends on the leaders, and how consistent/diligent they are with supervision and enforcement of the rules. One of my wife's complaints after her third trip....was that the program seemed more willing to turn a blind-eye to alcohol/drug/inappropriate behaviors (shall we say) than they had been in prior trips. It will give us pause to send our kids when they are in high school. Again, that probably depended on the quality and character of the chaperons as much as anything else, though. Take it FWIW.

Demonpenz
09-09-2009, 12:10 PM
Sex is alot less taboo in those country's so is drinking so be careful. I have seen several video's of orgy's going down and I think they were speaking italian (from what i heard over the slurping sounds)

Friendo
09-09-2009, 12:13 PM
Sex is alot less taboo in those country's so is drinking so be careful. I have seen several video's of orgy's going down and I think they were speaking italian (from what i heard over the slurping sounds)

girl on girl or straight?

Demonpenz
09-09-2009, 12:14 PM
girl on girl or straight?

it's tough to tell at chickswithdicks.com

Friendo
09-09-2009, 12:15 PM
My wife was a group chaperon for trips to Europe and Australia, 7-8 years ago. Overall, it seems to be a good program. A lot depends on the leaders, and how consistent/diligent they are with supervision and enforcement of the rules. One of my wife's complaints after her third trip....was that the program seemed more willing to turn a blind-eye to alcohol/drug/inappropriate behaviors (shall we say) than they had been in prior trips. It will give us pause to send our kids when they are in high school. Again, that probably depended on the quality and character of the chaperons as much as anything else, though. Take it FWIW.

thanks--good advice & will ask questions

Inspector
09-09-2009, 12:59 PM
I know a guy who is looking for a group of 16 year old girls to chaperone on a camping trip in the Ozarks.

Not quite sure where he plans on going but he mentioned he prefer they be flexible, know how men are "out together" and smoked cigarettes.

Said they wouldn't be gone long since his probabtion officer doesn't know anything about this.

He said 17 year olds would also work ok.

I'm still puzzeled by the whole thing though.:rolleyes:

Raised On Riots
09-09-2009, 01:00 PM
My brother went to Russia right after the collapse of the USSR. It was in like 1990 or 91, so I don't have much insight, but I think he really enjoyed it.
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Damn right he did! Russia and Eastern Europe in the 90's was THEE place to be.

ThaVirus
09-09-2009, 01:01 PM
Ever seen the movie Taken??... Get back to me

JD10367
09-09-2009, 02:03 PM
16 year old American girl + hornball ass-pinching Italian men? She'd probably be safer walking through South Central L.A. on a Saturday night wearing a bikini made out of hundred-dollar bills.

Greece, she's probably safe in. :dom: ROFL

MikeMaslowski
09-09-2009, 02:17 PM
Hmmm, I live in Italy. But because I have a daughter I can't bring myself to make pedo jokes. Good luck!

bobbymitch
09-09-2009, 02:22 PM
The first thing that she needs to realize, is that what freedoms and rights she enjoys here, are not guaranteed there. She should also read up on those countries customs, more's, etc. I'll assume that she knows her history of those countries. If not, she ought to brush up a bit on the general history of the area.

Once over there, she should take in all the sights, sounds, and smells. Basically, go "native", up to a point, enjoy the experience, go with the flow, and leave any American superiority (if she has any) attitude at home.

ElGringo
09-09-2009, 02:22 PM
Had the chance to go in H.S., after reading this, wish I would have.

okiedokieokoye
09-09-2009, 02:25 PM
I did this same program when I was 16. Our group went to England, Germany, Denmark, Belgium and France. I can say, if you can afford it, be sure to send her. It was such a great experience in my life. Of course it wasn't all perfect, but the moments that weren't make me smile now. I got so incredibly close with the group during our three weeks.

JohninGpt
09-09-2009, 02:33 PM
16 year old American girl + hornball ass-pinching Italian men? She'd probably be safer walking through South Central L.A. on a Saturday night wearing a bikini made out of hundred-dollar bills.

Greece, she's probably safe in. :dom: ROFL

I lives in Italy for two years (LaMaddalena, Sardinia) and never ever had a problem with the locals. People there were generally very respectful, and VERY protective of children, wether Italian or American.

JD10367
09-09-2009, 02:59 PM
I lives in Italy for two years (LaMaddalena, Sardinia) and never ever had a problem with the locals. People there were generally very respectful, and VERY protective of children, wether Italian or American.

I was mostly joking with my comment but, now that you've brought it up, by the "John" in your name I assume you're a guy. And 16 isn't necessarily very child-like. Just sayin'. Italian men have an ass-pinching stereotype for a reason.

But, seriously, I'm sure she'll be fine as long as she's in a group of people. And, obviously, uses her head. Don't go walking around downtown Rome on a Saturday night alone, especially if she looks older than her age and is attractive. It's not brain surgery.

On the larger topic of traveling abroad, it really depends on the maturity level of the person being discussed. I'm sure there are plenty of 16-year-olds, both male and female, who could be trusted to undertake such a trip and manage both to learn and experience new things while also managing not to have wild sex and drug parties. On the other hand, there are also some 21-year-old men and women I wouldn't trust with two bucks if I sent them to the corner store for milk, LOL. So you really have to take what you know about your kid and weigh that heavily.

I have no knowledge of that exchange group, but I'd continue looking into it. I'm sure there are plenty of well-accredited ones with well laid-out plans. And I'm sure there are others which are basically comprised of "stick the kid on a plane and send them to live with some weird-ass family that you hope doesn't chain them in the basement". :shrug: Research is key, but you're obviously doing that.

We went to Italy last summer on a cruise, and had a good time. The wife climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa, I wandered the streets of Florence, we went through Pompeii and climbed Mount Vesuvius, we walked through the Roman Forum and Coliseum and went into the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica (which, BTW, is f**king amazing). There's plenty to learn and see. Would I suggest wandering around some of the larger, more dangerous cities like Naples and Palermo? Probably not.

It's definitely a learning experience to go to Europe. Seeing the different cultures, using different money, wandering streets that are a thousand years older than those in America, trying not to get run over by crazy drivers in tiny cars, LOL... And the gelato alone is worth the trip. :D

Okay, that was enough seriousness from me for about a week. Off to another thread to talk about breasts or something. :)

JohninGpt
09-09-2009, 03:49 PM
I was mostly joking with my comment but, now that you've brought it up, by the "John" in your name I assume you're a guy. And 16 isn't necessarily very child-like. Just sayin'. Italian men have an ass-pinching stereotype for a reason.:)

So you're doubting my asses pinchability?:p
Actually I do have a wife and a daughter, plus I had several young enlisted females in my charge. We really didn't have problems. Of course I was in LaMaddalen, not Rome or Naples.

Friendo
09-09-2009, 04:36 PM
it's funny...some friends of mine went nearly 25 years ago & the ass-pinching is for real--Kim in fact carried a walking stick with her, and smacked some fugger on the shins with it on a bus one time-------her bf was standing right beside her at the time.