Today we dropped our Japanese exchange student off at the airport, and said our emotional goodbyes.
I cannot over emphasize how valuable it’s been to my family to host these foreign exchange students through the years. (Twenty plus exchange students/teachers at last count.) We don’t have the budget to do much international travel, but even if we did, we’d likely sleep in hotels rather than stay in people’s homes. You simply cannot compare the experience of being welcomed into someone’s home to renting a hotel room.
With my younger son off to college in the fall, I’m unsure when we’ll host again, so this experience was extra special.
Hosting costs next to nothing, yet fosters a rich connection that makes our great big world a little bit smaller.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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