Being a host family offers a unique opportunity for you to experience firsthand the richness and diversity of a culture different from your own. You may be the first U.S. person the student meets.
The student and the host family are full of excitement and adventure. This is like the ‘honeymoon’ stage.
Reality sets in with the routine of daily life. After arrival can come disorientation mixed with wonder. Work together to find solutions, this is the start of the exchange experience.
Every day is a new discovery for the student and the host family — a new way to cook, a different way of sharing emotions, another perspective on the familiar. Communicating through the cycles of culture shock brings everyone close together.
Understanding the reality, adjusting, and even experimenting… Student and host families have grown and now reflect on a transformative experience.