It is extremely unfortunate when it is not possible to build up a friendly relationship. Before going on a cultural exchange, you should have a clear idea of what you would like to do with your partner. Use the (video)chat functionality to get to know each other about the exchange ideas.
Plan enough free time to process first impressions.
However, you shouldn’t expect everything to happen exactly the way you want it to. The chances are high that both your lives are very different and that you have different lifestyles. This is what makes the cultural exchange so different from a normal vacation. Hopefully, the new lifestyle will inspire you!
A cultural exchange is not a guarantee for a lasting friendship, however we do hope that it is!