Being a host family – hosting an international-Experience.net student
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Being a host family – hosting an international-Experience.net student


my name is Tracy Harvin I am married to Scott and we have two children Anna Taylor who is 11 and Jackson who is 8 and we’re hosting Torben ebert from Germany having Torben in our house has made our lives busier but for the good it’s been a lot of fun to have an extra child and a teenager in the house to get a glimpse of the future for my children and he plays really well with the children entertaining them it has been a great experience to see other cultures to see how they eat how they live how their lifestyles different and it gets a glimpse of something other than Gastonia North Carolina my name is Sean Kennedy and hosting clarinets I have to say we we didn’t other than getting a room a bedroom ready it wasn’t it really hasn’t been that that big of a challenge I mean Claire has been you know very wonderful and trying to learn try to fit into our our lifestyle having a having a teenager you know in the household has been has been fun and you know she participates in sports and in the concert choir and so attending some of those those activities and events that we haven’t had to participate in for our younger children has been has been a nice addition but we really haven’t had to change who we are what we’re about my family and I’ve actually hosted several international students over the years and had a great time doing it we hosted a student from ie named Morris Karki from Germany suddenly having a 17 year old son in the house was a new adjustment I will say though that our experience with the IE student was wonderful because more it’s always made the extra effort to a be involved with family activities and and beed always try to help out when he could it was it was nice to have him around he really set a good example for my children but it was new to have an older teenager I guess well it’s always interesting to bring someone else’s child into your home and yeah adjust to living together with with someone else who has different um it come from a different culture and it just has a different way of living but it’s a lot of fun we learn from each other we learn to get along and then our families are now friends which is really exciting I think the hardest part for Moritz along with a little homesickness which I think is only natural and he got through that fine I think the most difficult part for him was was the language and and having the faith that his English was good enough and that we understood him which we did and that shortly if he kept working at it it would really come along like I said when he came here he he spoke very rough English and hoped to learn it better and five years later was graduating from an American University and going on to graduate studies so I think he’s got the English now I think for the students it is a challenge going into someone else’s household and learning to speak up for what they need and you know the communication I think is the challenge for the students not only the language but also just learning how to assert themselves well Moritz really became a part of our family I mean there’s no other way to say it we have two children of our own and when we hosted Moritz our daughter was in the seventh grade and our son was in fourth grade and we did it as much for us as we did for Moritz but I think it was beneficial to all of us we still keep in touch with Moritz today as matter of fact he just graduated from an American University last year and is now doing Graduate Studies and we get a lot of emails and Facebook’s and usually see him once or twice a year and in fact this year I’m not sure if he’s going home to Germany for Christmas or not but we’ve invited him to come and stay with our family if he’s not so like I said Moritz is just another one of our kids now and we’re just glad for having had the experience hi my name is Justine banker and I’m hosting oz who’s from London England well the impact that he’s having has just been a great experience he’s some definitely fits in really well he’s part of the family we have richer lives because of it I would say he’s added some new energy into our family he communicates with his parents and regular basis and I communicate with as well but I wouldn’t say there’s any homesickness his mother and I are planning a horseback riding campout trip and we’re gonna leave the boys behind so just us say we actually become better friends with the mother yes yes but we are we’re all still close he’s still Rene’s still our child and my husband’s father died when he was 13 years old and his mother worked tonight so he lived with the neighbors most of the time his mother remarried and left when he was in high school and he ended up moving in with the neighbors and that those are my considerate considered in-laws he didn’t have a place to go for a while he had to live with friends he had to live different places because with his mother being gone and he had a really no place to call home so when I approached him about bringing Torben into our house he at first was like oh I don’t know that’s another child somebody else to feed but then he warmed up to the situation and he totally understands where Torben is coming from being in someone else’s house following their rules and it’s been very awesome for them for the two of them would you do it again yes I would I would absolutely you know we actually we you know Clara staying for one semester and you know we’ve tried to convince her to stay for longer because we would post her for as long as she’d want want to be with us but you know she has you know the type of schooling that she’s in and in Berlin she you know can’t miss out on too much too much of that too much of that instruction so she’s got to go back we would happily happily host her and would certainly consider hosting another student in the future

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