Over the past number of years we have been host parents to several foreign exchange students.
We made the call and were quickly set up with two young ladies, one from Peru and her Canadian counterpart from southern Ontario. The goal of this program was to spend three months in Ontario (so the Peruvians could learn English) and then three months in Peru (so the Canadians could learn Spanish). During this time, the students spent their time doing volunteer work for various organizations in both communities. Our two girls were placed with United Way, stuffing envelopes and whatever other tasks they were assigned. Those three months were a wonderful experience and hooked us on having other young people living in our home. We became the hub home, where a lot of the other pairs met in the evening. One pair of young fellows from just down the road, spent nearly every evening with our girls. There did seem to be a strong attraction between the two Canadian counterparts!
Next we met Annia from Mexico. She and her mother, sister and cousin arrived for a weekend just after Christmas that same winter. I think the family was hesitant to send the much loved daughter so far from home without knowing who she would be living with for the next six months. Annia was a lovely, quiet girl who loved to smile and laugh at the antics of our daughters. She very quickly assimilated into the family. Again, she contacts us frequently via Facebook.
And that is about all I have to say for the today.