An experienced real estate construction professional, Ryan Vucina most recently led a number of luxury home projects as chief operations manager at Vucina Construction, Inc. Outside of his role in construction, Ryan Vucina has sponsored foreign exchange students from across the globe.
When you host foreign exchange students, it's important to make every effort to quell any anxieties that they may have about being in a new place and help them feel at home. Whether they will be staying for a semester or a year, you can create a welcoming home by following these suggestions.
Before your foreign exchange students even arrive, you will need to create an environment that is meant solely for them. Having a comfortable bedroom of their own will help make the transition between homes easier for them and afford them the privacy they will need to feel comfortable.
As a host parent, you will inevitably need to deal with the students' bouts of homesickness. You can help your foreign exchange students overcome these feelings by bringing them to restaurants where they can eat familiar food, encouraging them to keep a journal, and by helping them to stay in touch with their friends and loved ones back home.
A graduate of Monterey Peninsula College in California, Ryan Vucina holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and serves as Chief Operations Manager of Vucina Construction. Outside of work, Ryan Vucina donates to the academic and athletic programs of Pacific Grove Unified School District (PGUSD), which offers an Education Technology program to improve the use of instructional technology.
PGUSD remains dedicated to enhancing teachers’ effectiveness by providing education and direction on the latest instructional technology. To this end, district administrators offer insight during the process of choosing instructional technology and integrating it in the classroom. PGUSD also provides training products and programs that incorporate best practices for the use of end-user technologies.
Through the Ed Tech program, PGUSD also consults with school personnel on ways to leverage technology to achieve better outcomes. At the community level, the district actively seeks input from outside agencies and community members on the strategic use of technology to achieve the district goals outlined in its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
As Chief Operations Manager with Vucina Construction, Inc., Ryan Vucina guides a Pacific Grove, California, company that undertakes quality projects throughout the Monterey peninsula.