Hosting International Students

Write on By Write on, 4th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3_alavj7/
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I am currently hosting two international students. Santiago is 14 and from Columbia. Leo is 17 and from Brazil. It's been wonderful!

Hosting International Students

Santiago arrived with a Spanish accent, from Columbia. 14 years old and here for 6 months of high school. Leo arrived with a Portuguese accent, from Brazil. 17 years old and here for a year.

'My boys' as I call them are terrific! Anyone considering hosting students from abroad need to know that it's a lot of work (if you do it right!) but it's also so rewarding.

The boys have been game for anything. Their first week here we tried a Mixed Martial Arts class, a fencing lesson and stand up paddle-boarding. The first two were free as I called the instructors in advance to see if we could try them out, the latter included a small rental fee for the boards.

Both boys had never seen snow until this year. We've been snowshoeing, curling, snowboarding, tubing, GT-racing, skating on ponds, quad-riding on ice and more! We've made snowmen and forts and snow angels! I'm really trying to give them a terrific Northern experience!

Besides the activities here in my community we have spent a lot of quality time together. I love to play games and have introduced the boys to a family favourite, crokinole. It was the perfect start as it requires very little talking!

I've learned to slow down when I speak, a few phrases from each country as well as tried a few foods here (though both boys say it's not quite like it's made at home!)

Their families have chatted with me on msn and skype and both have extended invitations to their countries to visit. I know I will take them up on that offer!

As my time goes on, I can hardly imagine how my life was before the boys came. I will miss them dearly when they go and love having them in my life.

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Exchange, Family, Host Family, International, Learn A New Language, Making New Friends, New Culture, Students, Understanding Different Cultures

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author avatar Write on
I have my Education Degree with a major in Fine Arts. As a teacher, I love and beleive in the value and power of writing.

I will be writing about death, divorce, family, travel, dating, hosting students, diabetes, health, and education.

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author avatar XX=MAD_MAX=XX
5th Jan 2012 (#)

another great work write on. ^_^
i know how you feel once those who are close to you leave. TT_TT but the good thing is the time you spent together. no one can take your memories from you. keep it up!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
5th Jan 2012 (#)

Yes, hosting a foreign student can be a very rewarding experience for both the hosting family as well as for the hosted student.

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author avatar XX=MAD_MAX=XX
5th Jan 2012 (#)

haha. i totally agree sir. once i was sent to Baguio(a place here int the philippines) and i had a mentor whom i never know. at first we disliked each other. but after 2 weeks(when i'm about to go) both of us cried like babies. hahahaha. what a lovely memory, that was.

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author avatar Denise O
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Love that you hosted these two kids. I bet it was a learning experience for the both of y'all. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Write on
6th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks, Denise O. Your comments always make me smile.

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