GLOBAL INSIGHTS PROGRAM RULES
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GLOBAL INSIGHTS PROGRAM RULES
The following program rules are an important part of the Global Insights
Student Application (pages 14-19) and each student and his/her parents have
signed and agreed to these rules as a condition of acceptance into the
program. These rules are put into place to ensure that the student’s stay in
the United States is as successful, safe, and secure as possible.
STANDARDS OF CONDUCTTRAVEL AUTHORIZATION
To be read, signed, and dated by the student and both parents or legal guardians
The purpose of Global Insights is to provide opportunities for people of diverse cultures to come together to learn about different points of view and ways of life. Cross-cultural understanding is, we believe, a fundamental step in promoting friendships and world peace. Global Insights expects the highest standards of behavior from program participants at all times. In turn, the staff of Global Insights and Area Representatives in local communities work together to ensure that the student’s stay in the United States is as successful, safe, and secure as possible. The following Standards of Conduct have been established for that purpose. Violation of these rules will lead to disciplinary action and possible termination from the Global Insights Exchange Program. Violations of local, state, or federal laws or serious misbehavior in the host family or the community will result in an early return to the home country at the expense of the student’s parents and with no refund of program fees.
LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL LAWS
If a student is arrested, or if it is reliably confirmed
that the student has acted illegally, program sponsorship will be revoked,
resulting in early return as soon as legally possible to the home country at
the expense of the student’s parents.
1. Drinking of alcoholic beverages, including beer and
wine, is not permitted while on the program and is illegal in most states for
persons under 21 years of age. The only exception to this rule is to partake
of beer or wine as part of a meal with the host family.
HIGH SCHOOL AND INTERSCHOLASTIC SPORTS PARTICIPATION
High schools expect exchange students to maintain high
academic standards and to participate actively in school life. U.S. high
schools believe that the presence of exchange students enhances the learning
environment. Therefore, a student who is deficient at school due to problems
with attendance, attitude, discipline, or failing grades will be terminated
from the Global Insights Exchange Program and returned home immediately.
1. The exchange student is not guaranteed placement in a
certain grade level, or that transferable credit will be granted, or that a
diploma will be awarded at the end of the academic program. All such decisions
are at the discretion of individual high schools and/or districts.
2. No guarantee is made to the student with regard to
participation in interscholastic sports. Eligibility is at the discretion of
each high school and/or regional/state high school athletic association.
Depending on local regulations, if a student has graduated from high school in
the home country or has completed a certain number of years of high school,
he/she may be deemed ineligible for interscholastic sports. Students who try
out for high school sport teams are not guaranteed a place on the team.
3. The student must obey all school rules, attend classes
regularly, and be responsible for assuming a full course load, (including an
English and History course), for making a strong effort in all classes, and
for maintaining at least a “C” average, with no “F” (failing) grades at the
end of the semester.
4. The student is responsible for all school fees. Such
fees may include but are not limited to: registration, books, lockers, laboratories, gym/physical education, yearbook, class ring,
letter jacket, student activities, etc.
5. The student may choose one of the following options for
lunch on school days; a) bring a sack lunch from home containing, for example,
a sandwich and an apple; or at the student’s expense, b) buy a lunch at school
(vending machines or cafeteria), or c) buy a lunch off campus, if the school
HOST FAMILY PARTICIPATION
All American host families are volunteers and receive no
compensation for hosting a foreign exchange student. Host families participate
in the Global Insights Program because of their sincere desire to have a
cross-cultural experience and learn about other cultures while sharing the
American way of life. Fees paid are used for administrative and supervisory
1. No guarantee is made with regard to placement in a
particular region of the U.S., nor in a town of a certain size, nor with a
particular kind of host family (for example, with a teenager in the home).
2. A private bedroom is not guaranteed. Only a separate bed
3. The student must comply with all reasonable rules of the
host family (e.g. curfews, chores, visitors, phone calls/e-mail, etc.).
4. The student must keep the host family informed at all
times of his/her whereabouts, with whom he/she is associating, and time of
departure from and return to the host family’s home.
5. The student must not borrow money from the host family or from any other source. Natural parents must supply the student with an adequate amount of spending money at all times, normally $200-$300 per month, not to fall below $100.
NATURAL FAMILY VISITS AND STUDENT TRAVEL WHILE ON THE PROGRAM
1. Visits by members of the student’s natural family or by
friends from his/her home country can be very disruptive to the adjustment of
the student and an inconvenience to the host family. Therefore, visits during
the first six months of the program are not permitted. All visits are
discouraged until the very end of the program. Any visit during the program
must have the prior permission of the Global Insights’ main office.
2. The student is not permitted to travel outside the local
area by him/herself or with peers.
3. The student is not permitted to hitchhike, whether alone
or with companions.
4. Overnight travel with the host family, another family, a responsible adult (at least 25 years of age), approved groups (e.g. church, school, etc.) is permitted if prior consent is given by the host family and Area Representative. The host family and Area Representative must be informed of all such trips and have a phone contact to reach the student in an emergency.
5. If a student travels outside the United States, he/she must always carry a passport. Before departing, the student must check with the Area Representative regarding re-entry procedures.
DRIVER’S EDUCATION AND DRIVING A MOTORIZED VEHICLE
Because of the danger and liability involved in driving,
the student may not drive any motorized vehicle - this includes, but is not
limited to, any car, truck, motorcycle, All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), boat, farm
equipment, snowmobile, etc. Participation in high school Driver’s Education
courses or the acquisition of a driver’s license while on the Global Insights
Program is not guaranteed.
1. Driving while accompanied by a qualified instructor as
part of a Driver’s Education course in high school or a private driving school
may be permitted. The cost of any driving course must be borne by the student.
2. If the student obtains a driver’s license while on the
program, the license must be surrendered to the Area Representative until the
student departs the U.S. It is illegal to drive a car in the U.S. without a
3. The student may not use the host family’s car for driving or driving practice under any circumstances. The student is not allowed to rent or purchase a car for his/her use while on the Global Insights Program.
LIFE-CHANGING DECISIONS AND MISCELLANEOUS RULES
1. Students will not be permitted to make life-changing
decisions, including but not limited to marriage, religious conversion, other
decisions with legal, political, religious, and/or social ramifications.
2. Students are to refrain from sexual behavior and
activity. Students found to be pregnant or responsible for a pregnancy will be
sent home immediately.
3. The student may not withdraw from the program at any time without the permission of Global Insights. If the student leaves the program for any reason other than a legitimate emergency (death or serious illness in his/her immediate family), he/she may not return to the program and will not receive a refund.
RETURNING HOME AT THE END OF THE GLOBAL INSIGHTS PROGRAM
2. Unsupervised travel or travel with peers is NOT
permitted at the end of the program. Adult-accompanied and - supervised travel
may be permitted at the end of the program only if permission is given in
writing by the natural parents and the Global Insights main office. A detailed
itinerary of travel plans, including modes of travel as well as addresses and
telephone numbers for emergency contact during the travel period must also be
submitted. Students must also extend insurance coverage, if necessary.
Students MUST depart the United States prior to the expiration of their visa
3. If a student leaves a host family or the U.S. and has any outstanding debts (such as medical bills not covered by insurance or long distance telephone calls), the student’s natural family will be responsible for payment of these debts in addition to a $25.00 surcharge to cover the administrative costs to Global Insights for collection and payment.
AGREEMENT TO ABIDE BY THE GLOBAL INSIGHTS STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
We, the undersigned (student and parents/legal guardians), have read and understood all that is stated above in the Global Insights Standards of Conduct (pages 14-16). I, the student, agree to obey the Standards of Conduct and all conditions of participation in the Global Insights High School Exchange Program. We, the parents/legal guardians, agree that our son/daughter will obey the Standards of Conduct. We understand that violation of these Standards of Conduct may lead to disciplinary action and possible termination from the Global Insights Program, which may result in an early return to the home country at the parents/legal guardians’ expense and with no refund of program fees.
We, the undersigned (parents/legal guardians), authorize our child to travel within the guidelines as established in the Global Insights Standards of Conduct and accept full responsibility for our child’s participation in any approved travel activities and to indemnify and hold harmless Global Insights, its Overseas Representatives, and their designated agents/representatives from any claims and/or liabilities to third parties arising from our child’s participation. (See NATURAL FAMILY VISITS AND STUDENT TRAVEL WHILE ON THE GLOBAL INSIGHTS PROGRAM and RETURNING HOME AT THE END OF THE GLOBAL INSIGHTS PROGRAM). We also understand that our child must return to the home country on or before the expiration date determined by U.S. Immigration authorities upon entry into the U.S. It is understood that this Travel Release/Authorization is signed in advance and eliminates the necessity of obtaining our signatures at the time of any Global Insights-approved travel for the duration of our child’s participation in the Global Insights High School Exchange program.
To be read, signed, and dated by the exchange student and both parents or legal guardians
Global Insights, its agents, principals, sponsors,
affiliates, directors, officers, employees and attorneys (collectively “Global
Insights”), the undersigned parent(s) or legal guardian(s) (“Guardian(s)”) and
student (“Student”), understand and agree to the terms and conditions stated
in this agreement (“Agreement”) relating to Student’s participation in Global
Insights’ student exchange program (“Program”). Guardian(s) and the Student
are referred to collectively as the Participants (“Participants”). Adult(s)
and their resident children who volunteer to host a Student for the Program
term are referred to as the Host Family (“Host Family”).
A. Admission and Placement: Global Insights
considers such criteria as Student application packet materials, academic
background, high school transcripts, age, education level, physical and mental
health, references, essay, and personal interviews in determining whether to
admit the Student into the Program. Global Insights has the sole discretion to
determine whether the Student will be admitted into the Program and such
determination is final. All preferences and characteristics of the Student may
not be accommodated in the placement process. Further, Global Insights relies
solely on volunteer Host Families to select a student. Once the student is
selected, a Host Family devotes considerable time, effort, and resources to
hosting the student. Global Insights cannot control or guarantee student
selection nor the timing of the selection and placement.
B. Dissimilarities or Differences Abroad: In addition to learning the host country’s language, the Student is expected to adapt to the culture and lifestyle of the Host Family and host country. There may be significant cultural, economic, and lifestyle differences between the Student’s home country and host country. The host country may have different health care services, living condition, road and transportation systems, educational approaches and systems, criminal justice systems, civil liberty laws, customs and values. Some host country services, living conditions, or systems may be relatively inadequate, unsafe, or unreliable in comparison to the Student’s home country. Other host country services, conditions, or systems may be superior to the standards in the Student’s home country. Living conditions vary from one Host Family to another even in the same community. Participants must be aware of and accept these differences and the risks associated with traveling and living in another country. The Student’s level of maturity must be adequate to recognize and cope with these differences and risks. The Guardian(s) must take responsibility to educate and prepare the Student for the risks associated with foreign travel and living abroad. Program Representatives are available by telephone to provide assistance on an ongoing basis during the Student’s participation in the Program. However, the Program cannot and does not provide constant direct supervision of the Student and does not act in the capacity of loco parentis. The Guardian(s) retain all rights and duties relating to the welfare of the Student. As a condition of acceptance into the Program, the Participants agree to hold Global Insights harmless for all injuries and/or damages incurred during the Student’s participation in the Program resulting from any risks associated with international travel and living abroad, and any negligence and/or intentional acts caused by any third party, including but not limited to any member, guest, employee, or agent of the Host Family or other persons in the host country.
A. Health Care Treatment:The Guardians(s) and/or Student consent and authorize Global Insights and its representatives, or any adult Host Family member to obtain any medical, dental, surgical, psychological, psychiatric or hospital care, deemed necessary by any health care provider, for the health, treatment and care of Student during Student’s participation in the Program. Any problems arising from inadequate or improper care shall be the responsibility of the health care provider. Global Insights shall not be liable for any failure to secure or the adequacy of medical attention. The Guardian(s) and/or Student authorize the health care provider to release the Student and/or all health care records relating to the Student to Global Insights and its representatives, or any adult Host Family member, and also grant permission for the Student to receive any and all immunizations required by federal, state, local, or school authorities for participation in the Program.
While under the sponsorship of Global Insights, the Student may not participate in hunting, use of firearms or air/spring powered guns, skydiving, hang gliding, glider riding, parachute jumping, parasailing, jet skiing, hot air ballooning, scuba diving, mountaineering, rock climbing, bungee jumping, horse jumping, and/or any activity that Global Insights defines as high-risk activity.
The Guardian(s) accept full responsibility/liability for the Student’s participation all activities, including those specified below.The Guardian(s) must check the appropriate box to DENY permission for participation:
ride tractor or any other farm equipment
E. Agreement between Participants and Overseas Exchange
Organization: Participants understand that Global Insights is not a
party to any agreement between Participants and the overseas exchange
organization through which the Participants enrolled in the Participant’s home
country (“Overseas Exchange Organization”). Participants acknowledge and agree
that the laws of their home country shall exclusively govern any dispute or
claim arising out of any agreement with the Overseas Exchange Organization.
Participants acknowledge and agree that the Overseas Exchange Organization is
solely responsible to the Participants for injury or damage from a violation
of any such agreement. Global Insights assumes no duties or responsibilities
for any acts or omissions of the Overseas Exchange Organization.
F. General Release, Indemnification, and Hold Harmless Provisions: As a condition of the Student’s participation in the
Program, Participants agree to release and hold harmless Global Insights, its Officers, Staff, Board of Directors, Agents, Regional Directors, Area Representatives, American host families, and American high schools from any and all current and future claims, charges, costs, and/or causes of action for loss of property, delay, personal injury, illness, accident, or death sustained by the Student during the time he/she is a participant in the Program, whether covered by current insurance or not, or any other damage and expense incurred by Participants due to (i) any incident beyond the reasonable control of Global Insights, including, without limitation, acts of God, acts of war, or government actions and restriction, (ii) any events directly or indirectly caused by intentional or negligent acts or omissions by any third party, including but not limited to any member, guest, employee or agent of the Host Family or other persons in the host country, (iii) risks associated with foreign travel and living abroad, including but not limited to risks associated with health care services, living conditions, sanitation conditions, road and transportation systems, criminal justice systems, civil liberty laws, customs, and values, (iv) any differences in the living conditions and standards between Participant’s home and home country and the host home and host country, and (v) any act or omission of the Overseas Exchange Organization. As a further condition of Student’s participation in the Program, Participants agree to indemnify and hold harmless Global Insights, its Officers, Staff, Board of Directors, Agents, Regional Directors, Area Representatives, American host families, and American high schools from any liability (including liabilities to third parties) or expense (including court costs and attorney fees), resulting from any
injury, loss or any other damage or expense cause by the Student during his/her participation in the Program.
This Agreement shall be
deemed to have been made in the State of Georgia, USA and its validity,
construction, breach, performance and interpretation shall be governed by the
laws of the State of Georgia, USA. The parties to the Agreement acknowledge
and agree that any dispute or claim arising out of this Agreement, any
resulting or related transaction, or the relationship of the parties, shall be
decided by neutral, exclusive and binding arbitration in Cobb County, Georgia,
USA. Either party may appear telephonically at the arbitration hearing. The
award of the arbitrator may be enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction
located in the United States. In the event that the arbitration clause is
deemed void or inapplicable, each party expressly consents to and submits to
the personal jurisdiction of the federal or state court(s) of Cobb County,
Georgia, USA. In any action, including arbitration, brought for breach of this
Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover reasonable
attorneys’ fees and costs, including but not limited to the costs of
H. Authority of Parent/Guardian: Each parent/guardian who signs this Agreement represents and warrants that he or she, together with the other parent/guardian who signs this Agreement, if any, is the custodial parent/guardian of the Student and has full authority to sign this Agreement on behalf of the Student as his/her legal guardian without the consent or approval of any other person, and agrees to indemnify and hold Global Insights, its Officers, Staff, Board of Directors, Agents, Regional Directors, Area Representatives, American host families, and American high schools harmless for any liability or expense, including court costs and attorneys’ fees resulting from any breach of claim of this representation.
J. Global Insights Program Agreement Controls:
Where there are any differences between this Agreement and any other program
materials, the Agreement shall control. Global Insights cannot be legally
bound or committed by any person other than a duly authorized representative.
Parties are required to follow this Agreement and cannot vary from its terms.
K. Modification: This Agreement shall not be modified except by a writing that is executed by all the parties hereto.
We, the Student and Guardian(s), certify that all information provided in the Global Insights Student Application is correct and complete, including medical and inoculation history. We understand that withholding information and/or providing incorrect information is grounds for possible termination from the Global Insights Program and repatriation at the Guardian(s)’ expense with no refund of program fees. We further attest that we have have read and fully understand the program materials and agree to adhere to the Global Insights Standards of Conduct, Travel Authorization, Program Agreement, and Consent Agreements. If we, the undersigned, do not sufficiently understand English, we have requested from the Overseas Exchange Organization a translation of these documents in our native language to ensure that we understand the information stated herein. This Agreement covers the period from the time the Student boards transportation scheduled by the Overseas Exchange Organization until the Student leaves the United States.