Meeting the family (on paper)

13 Jan

“AFS friendships last a lifetime. By welcoming an AFS student, you are making the world a friendlier place and giving your family an unforgettable experience.”

~ AFS Intercultural Programs website

I have a Honduran family! I received my host family information on Thursday. It was so exciting to read through the pack and look at all the photos.

I will have a host mum, 17-year-old host sister, host grandpa, host grandma and three host dogs at home. My host sister is currently on exchange. I’m not sure if we’ll get to meet during my stay or if she’ll be overseas the whole time I’m living with her family.

As I’d guessed, I will be living in the capital, Tegucigalpa, but on the outskirts or outer suburbs of the city. My host mum describes the area they live in as a quiet and peaceful place surrounded by trees and mountains.

I haven’t got enough information yet to check out my suburb on Google Maps, but as soon as I do I’ll be having a sneaky cyber-peak at my part of town. (It’s crazy how much smaller the world has been made by satellite mapping.)

I won’t go into more detail here until I’m able to check that my host family is comfortable with the idea of ‘starring’ in my blog. They all look lovely though and I can’t wait to meet them.

I’m so grateful they’ve decided to open up their home to me.  I hope they’ll get as much out of the experience as I’m sure I will. Hosting an exchange student (or in my case an adult volunteer) can be a wonderful way of learning about another culture. You don’t even need to leave your living room.

I can’t recommend the experience more highly. Whether you’re a participant or a host family there’s so much you can learn and so much fun to be had.

If you’re interested in hosting an exchange student check out the AFS website for all the details. Many year and semester programs start in February, so I’m sure there are plenty of students out there who are anxiously awaiting news of their host family like I was.

Could the information pack they’re waiting for be about your family?

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