Host parents for exchange students? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 6 Old 08-27-2010, 12:39 AM - Thread Starter
 
Attila the Honey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: swimming with sharks
Posts: 2,614
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Are there any on here?

I am hosting a 16 year old girl from Thailand this year and a 16 year old girl from Germany. This is my third year of hosting, and I still find it challenging to suddenly be the mama of a teenager. (my own daughter is 6 years old) i would love to connect with other host mamas.


flowersforyou.gif

Attila the Honey is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 6 Old 08-27-2010, 02:46 AM
 
MCsMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: WA
Posts: 1,185
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
We are not one yet - but we have all the paperwork in, passed the background check, and have our 'home visit' next Thursday. I am excited. My two kids (DD 5 and DS almost 3) are really excited that someone 'from the other side of the world' might come and live in our house.

Go Green I don't vax either, why mess with perfect?
MCsMom is offline  
#3 of 6 Old 08-27-2010, 10:05 AM - Thread Starter
 
Attila the Honey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: swimming with sharks
Posts: 2,614
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Do you know where your student will be from?
I've hosted a boy from Japan, a girl from Germany and now these two. The boy was my first experience and it was amazing, we are still very close to him. the girl, well that's a different story. It didn't work out and she ended up changing homes. they say that happens about 10% of the time.

Good luck with the approval process! I know it can be nerve wracking.

flowersforyou.gif

Attila the Honey is offline  
#4 of 6 Old 08-30-2010, 07:30 AM
 
gen24's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't host any exchange students, but I just wanted to say that over 10 years ago, I was one at 17 years old. It was extremely difficult, but overall, the experience was great and I ended up meeting my husband
My host family and I didn't get along that well (it's hard being in a new family at 17 with new rules) so I didn't keep in touch, but I am forever greatful that they let me be a part of their home for a whole year.
gen24 is offline  
#5 of 6 Old 08-31-2010, 07:43 AM - Thread Starter
 
Attila the Honey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: swimming with sharks
Posts: 2,614
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
gen> I appreciate hearing about it from the other perspective!

was there anything your host parents could have done to make it easier on you? Help me learn from your experience.

flowersforyou.gif

Attila the Honey is offline  
#6 of 6 Old 09-07-2010, 12:46 AM
 
Pippi L.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 330
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I was an exchange student when I was 16! I'm still in touch with my family and if I have a boy (I'm due in 5 days) I'm naming him after my host dad.

We had some rough times but we got through them. Remember that students will be different from what you expect and are making some huge changes. I don't think my host mom ever quite understood how different my US family was from her family. Not that you can be expected to see and understand everything, but students can be making some huge adjustments without your realizing it. As I've gotten older I can see it more from her point of view but it's harder at 16.

I think it's fabulous that you're going to be host families! Good luck and have a great time! My husband and I definitely want to host someday but right now we don't have the room Hopefully someday we'll be able to give the great experience we had to someone else (my husband was an exchange student, too).
Pippi L. is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off