An incredible “gift” to give your family, AND a child from another country.
This is an incredible “gift” to give your family, AND a child from another country. And you don’t have to spend any money to do it. We’ve hosted 2 foreign exchange students so far and have gained so much insight as to how diverse and interesting other cultures are. Our exchange “daughters” were from Palestine and Denmark. And our daughter has been a foreign exchange student herself living with host families in Italy and Japan. When she did her gap year last year she traveled around the world by herself (which was a bit terrifying to let your adult child do solo travel abroad when you are a parent) – but she was never truly alone because she connected with her friends from the foreign exchange student program in most of the countries she visited.
We’ve loved AFS (http://www.afsusa.org/) and Rotary (https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/youth-exchanges) I can’t say enough good things about these experiences.
*PS – she hates this photo because she is so jet lagged here, so don’t tell I’m sharing it with you. Shhhhhh.