Friday, August 26, 2011

Something else.

Hello! Last week we came back from our holiday, thinking we were going to have a quiet week at home, before everyone was going back to work or school. That is NOT what happened.

Two years ago, we were the host family of an exchange student from Italy. It was organized by AFS, an international organisation, for intercultural exchanges. The main goal of these exchanges is to learn about a different culture than your own, by living it for a year. It is an awesome experience, both for the student as for the hosting family.
We always wanted to do this again. But because our family hit some rough weather, we didn’t. Until now. Back just two days, we decided to invite someone in our home again for a year.

So my husband has been cleaning out a room this week, giving it a new fresh paint, and together we are making everything ready. In two weeks a boy from Chile will arrive and come and live with us. We are so looking forward to this.

Would you like to be a host too? I know that there is a shortage on families in the USA. You can read more about it here. For other countries I don’t know, but you can check AFS for that.

Groetjes, Dorien


Simone de Klerk said...

Wat leuk en ook spannend.

Teje said...

Hi Dorien! I wish you good luck and I'm sure you will have a great and interesting year! In Finland that kind of student change is also well known. I'm not sure, but I think it's most common with America. That is very good for every part to learn language, culture and get new friends!
Have a lovely weekend!
xxx Teje

Erin said...

What a wonderful thing to do! Good luck and enjoy the learning experience.

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Dorien..I hope your year with the boy from Chile works out wonderfully for you all and that he fits in perfectly with your family. We have had several Japanese exchange students for different lengths of time and enjoyed their company. As a family we learned so much.