Monday, June 26, 2006

Homestay? WTF?

I am none too happy with my workplace right now.

I was told that while I was in San Diego, I would be able to stay in a bed and breakfast. That meant a lot of freedom to do what I wanted to do.

I was told to fill out a form about myself, one that the students had to fill out so they could be assigned to host families.

I was told it was just so the program could have some information about me.

Watta load of crap.

The principal hinted that I might get placed with a host family, since our school doesn't have the funds for me to stay in a hotel. But when I checked with the program coordinator, he told me that the B&B plan was still in effect.

Watta load of crap.

We had our final parent-student-teacher meeting in preparation of the school trip next month. After it finished, we had a short meeting in the director's office.

I walk in and they tell me that they need to know what time my plane arrives in San Diego so my host family can come and pick me up.

Come again?

Your host family.

My host family?

Your host family.

And everybody laughs.

Yeah. Really &%$#*@ funny.

Damn bait and switch tactics. If you're planning on placing me with a host family, have the &%$@# decency to be up front with me about it.

Geez. I'm 28 freaking years old. If I wanted to participate in a homestay, I'd just stay in Cove the whole time I was in the US.

Makes more sense than staying with some family in San Diego.

I just really feel like I got shafted and wasn't treated with a lot of professional respect in this situation.

Just be up front with me about it.



Anonymous Patrick said...

Hello Dustin,

I am a long time reader of your blog and finally found the time to read your blog. I will be an ALT in Shimokawa, Hokkaido soon and your stories of the Northern Island have been inspiring and humor filled as I prepare to move there.

I do agree with your post, some times the desire of the Japanese to avoid conflict creates annoying situations like this, it seems kind of werid to home stay in america with you being america.

Hope everything turns out well.


Monday, July 03, 2006 12:09:00 PM  
Blogger Token Asian said...

Hey, Dustin!

Rose (soon to be ex-Hamada ALT) here! When are you going to SD? I am flying home to L.A. on August 19 and have plans to go down to visit some friends in Padreland before doing an east coast road trip in September. It would be nice to meet up with you if you have time! rosesensei2atyahoodotcodotjp

Tuesday, July 11, 2006 2:52:00 PM  

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