I once worked with a woman whose wallet was full of photos.
“This is my Mexican brother,” she would say, “and my Japanese sister. This is my other sister, from Norway.”
In her childhood, her family played host to a half dozen home stay students, and some became as close as kin. She told me that she couldn’t wait to host her own international students someday. I gotta say, I shared her excitement, and not just for the Jolie-Pitt-looking family photo.
Hosting international students is a great way for a person or family to experience another culture. It’s also an exercise in open-mindedness and adaptability. Below are ten tips for hosting a home stay student.