Hosting an Exchange Student
June 23, 2008 11:21pm CST
My husband and I have talked for a long time about wanting to open our home to an international exchange student. We have no children of our own (yet) but we have worked with international students before, and would love the opportunity to be a host family for a year. Recently we were contacted by someone from the Aspect Foundation who is wanting to place a student in our area. We are both very excited and are trying to learn as much as we can about the entire process and about the Aspect Foundation. Does anyone out there have experience with this? Has anyone worked with the Aspect Foundation before? Hosted a student? Been a foreign exchange student? What advice can you give us about preparing for this wonderful opportunity?
24 Jun 08
I was an exchange student during the summer of 1977, to Kenya East Africa. I went through the American Field Service (http://afs.org/afs_or/home). I stayed with a family for two and a half months on the coast in the city of Mombasa, and I was able to attend school for one month because their school calendar was different from ours. It was a wonderful experience. I made many friends and have had several contacts with my host family over the years until just recently when I lost track of them. My host brother and sister moved to the US but I have not been able to locate them. I believe I have some "nephews and nieces". As a member of the AFS club in high school I had contact with several students who visited our high school from other countries (Norway is one in particular that I remember, probably because he was totally adorable and rather ...er... friendly). I had friends from my own school that visited France, Japan, and other countries as well. Exchange students can be a very rich experience for their host schools and families. The world that opens up to an exchange student is unique for each student and most always totally amazing.