For today, I was originally going to write wise words from my experience as a host parent to explain why we do it — why some of us spend all this time and effort to bring an unknown teenager into our lives for up to 10 months (and some of us do this more than once). But recently I’ve seen several articles in different places that say it just perfectly.
So for today, I’m going with some reading recommendations:
5 Lessons I Learned Hosting an Exchange Student
My Third Son
And these two, from May 2011, as students were getting ready to return to their home countries:
Hosting an Exchange Student
Host a Foreign Exchange Student. You Will Not Regret It, If You Live
Read their stories – I can’t say it any better.