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    I would like to host an exchange student from a naturist family so that I can maintain my lifestyle of living in the nude as much as possible--especially when it comes to recreation like camping, hiking and swimming. I'm divorced, but have raised five children who are all successful in life. I would assume because of the ignorance out there, that if I declare that I'm a naturist, single man, that all of the bigoted red-flags would be raised and any placement agency would think I'm some kind of pervert. Any suggestions?

  • #2
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    Originally posted by BradTWO:
    I would assume because of the ignorance out there, that if I declare that I'm a naturist, single man, that all of the bigoted red-flags would be raised and any placement agency would think I'm some kind of pervert.
    I think you answered your own question here....
    Last edited by EricNY; 09-26-2007, 12:09 PM.

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    • #3
      Your best attempt would be to apply to a large organization such as the Center for Cultural Exchange:

      http://www.cci-exchange.com/host.htm#

      In the comments section of the application, you might indicate that you are a naturist family and would like to host a student from another naturist family. You might also specify a country that is statistically more comfortable with naturism such as the Netherlands, France, or Germany. There is also a comments section in the application where you can specify that you would like to host a foreign exchange student from a naturist family. Be advised that in order to be a successful candidate for hosting, you would need to offer the student a whole variety of activities and interests besides naturism. As an aside, if you state that you are a single man who in effect wants to be naked at home, then all of the red flags will go up and you will most probably be turned down. Good Luck and let us know how the application process progresses for you.

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      • #4
        ercNY is correct.

        In the age of paranoia about the possibility of adult men seeing nude boys and vice versa, this could be a problem. I can't imagine they would consider a teenage girl.

        I think regardless of the issue of nudity, even fully clothed, you are taking a huge risk. If someone falsely accuses you, you are vulnerable. I picture that a teen accuses divorced man of sexual abuse and you could be on a list and paying out through the nose for legal help and/or damages if you don't go to prison.

        I know this seems unfair. However, people are afraid right now that adult men and women are taking advantage of boys and girls. If a single adult man is with a boy or girl alone, there is a huge risk whether or not any one is naked. This is not reasonable but the way the world works.

        You must protect yourself. False accusations in this area could ruin you.

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        • #5
          quote:
          Originally posted by walter05:
          ercNY is correct.

          In the age of paranoia about the possibility of adult men seeing nude boys and vice versa, this could be a problem. I can't imagine they would consider a teenage girl.

          I think regardless of the issue of nudity, even fully clothed, you are taking a huge risk. If someone falsely accuses you, you are vulnerable. I picture that a teen accuses divorced man of sexual abuse and you could be on a list and paying out through the nose for legal help and/or damages if you don't go to prison.

          I know this seems unfair. However, people are afraid right now that adult men and women are taking advantage of boys and girls. If a single adult man is with a boy or girl alone, there is a huge risk whether or not any one is naked. This is not reasonable but the way the world works.

          You must protect yourself. False accusations in this area could ruin you.


          Walter, what you say is very true. Most people assume that only families can host a foreign exchange student. From the above link that I posted, it also appears that singles can host a foreign exchange student too. Perhaps the unwritten word that goes along with single is woman ie a single woman can host a foreign exchange student. Most probably the only way that a single nudist male can host any student is if the male nudist is personally well known by the student's family. Otherwise, there would definitely be too much risk given what society thinks of single male nudists.
          Last edited by EricNY; 09-26-2007, 12:09 PM.

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          • #6
            Sanslines;

            I was attempting to indicate that being a single male makes it too risky.

            The risk is so high, that the nudity factor only adds to an already unacceptable level of risk.

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            • #7
              Sanslines;

              I forgot to mention that these days, there is a growing number of stories about female teachers sexually abusing male teen students.

              At this point, there is also growing fear of single females. I think the risk for them being accused may also be too high.

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              • #8
                It would also depend on the age of the student. Students who are older, i.e. Juniors and Seniors, who live in European countries, would be more nudist friendly. I would play this by ear.

                If you were to be awarded a student, then I would ask the student if it would be okay with them. If not, then keep your clothes on. If they state it would be okay and they, in turn also participated, then you shouldn't have any worries. But keep in mind, that they may invite friends over at any time, so the clothes may have stay on anyway. The only nude times would be morning and night time hours, as well as weekends, unless there are plans for school functions.

                Sometimes, we just have to cover up to give our guests the best we have to offer. I only wish we could have had a foriegn exchange student from Portugal, for that is the country most associated with this area.

                Lots of luck and let us know how things turned out.

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                • #9
                  quote:
                  Originally posted by walter05:
                  Sanslines;

                  I was attempting to indicate that being a single male makes it too risky.

                  The risk is so high, that the nudity factor only adds to an already unacceptable level of risk
                  .

                  I agree with you Walter. I am not sure why the site that I linked to above states that singles can host a foreign exchange student. I am curious to know what stipulations are placed upon singles. The risk seems too high for a single male to act as a host as both male and female foreign exchange students can bring accusations (true or false) against the host and thereby ruin that person's reputation and life. Nudity is still looked upon as being a sexual based perversion by most in society and as such would most probably disqualify any single person from being a host. I am not sure if any host organization would want to take that risk for the consequences of having their reputation tarnished would far outweight the benefits of placing a foreign exchange student with a nudist host. It would be helpful to gather input from a reputable host organization concerning this issue. Only the placement agencies can communicate and illuminate their policies to answer our questions and concerns.

                  Once and/or if a placement is made, then a discussion would have to take place between the host and the student and student's family to determine if any objections to practicing family home or social nudism would occur.
                  Last edited by EricNY; 09-26-2007, 12:10 PM.

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                  • #10
                    all of your posts have been helpful. I definitely wouldn't want (risk) hosting a female student. Maybe there is some organization out there that coordinates the placement of college aged students. That would solve a lot of the possible issues. eh?

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                    • #11
                      Brad if you would contact any college or university close to you it is possible they could be of help with you hosting a student from out of the area, they are always in need of housing for students and would have a ready list of possible students for you to host.

                      We have hosted exchange students (male and female) several times and never had a problem with our home being a nudist home. Of course we hosted students from western Europe and that had a lot to do with it, we even had a couple of them ask if it was ok to sunbathe nude, afraid we'd say no, and were quite shocked to have us laugh and say yes because of the prudish stereotype America and Americans have abroad.

                      Not that we stated on the application that we were a nudist home or anything, after all it is America and that stereotype I mentioned before does have a very large taproot to it.
                      If we hosted a student from another area (with the exception of eastern Europe, where attitudes toward nudity are even more relaxed), I think there might be a few snags about the nudist home.

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                      • #12
                        BradTwo;

                        You said, "I would like to host an exchange student from a naturist family so that I can maintain my lifestyle of living in the nude as much as possible--especially when it comes to recreation like camping, hiking and swimming."

                        It sounds like you want to take someone with you. If you want to go camping, hiking, and swimming nude, you can always take an adult. If you are not planning to take someone with you, then it does not matter if the student is from a nudist family or not.

                        If you are talking about a college student, then you may have a better chance to host the a foreign student. A college's student union or placement office can gather information and make it available. However, I don't think you should be attempting to get a college student for nude recreation. This could be problematic but less so than the high school student I originally thought you were referring to.

                        If you want to participate in nude recreation, enjoy. If you want to take another adult with you, enjoy. If you are looking to take a minor or young adult, please reexamine your plan and why you want to do this.

                        Nudists are not dumb. Nudist parents love their children as much as non-nudist parents. Nudist parents are also going to wonder why a single man wants to engage in nude recreation with their children.

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                        • #13
                          When I was young my parents thought of this idea, to let some nudist girl or guy live with us for a year or something , but everyone we checked with recommended NOT to do it, it can lead to all kind of troubles yadda yadda.. ..And then we was a family, not a male person.

                          The only way seem to be if you already know another family that are nudists in another county and then do it.. A friend of mine went to France and while he was there the daughter of that family lived with his family, that was great for them both.

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