Conflicts that arise in relationships of any kind are most often rooted in the following things:
- Communication breakdown - misunderstandings, pre-conceived notions, information withheld
- Unmet expectations - for both AFS participants and their host families
- Poor match - fundamental differences in lifestyle, interests, or personalities
- Extenuating circumstances - illness, job loss, and relocation
AFS participants and their host families are no different! Most likely, conflicts that appear in their relationships stem from the same issues. It is important to keep this in mind w hen you are talking to participants and their families.