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|Mon, 08-16-2010 - 3:31pm|
We were recently a welcome family for 2 boys (from Tajikistan and Kygystan) and it was such a wonderful experience! I can't believe how much our family learned about these countries in just 2 weeks (although we could have learned so much more if we had more time!). To be honest, I didn't even know where these countries were, and now we all do- including my 4 year old, who now has a special love for the students (whom I think he believes came all the way from the other side of the wold just to play with him! lol ). I learned to cook their national food (Osh), taught them about ours (pizza? lasagna? lol), they left us with authentic souvenirs, and we now have life-long penpals! Our two boys have since gone to their host families but next week we have a Korean boy coming to stay with us!
Anyway, I am posting because I believe that this is such an essential addition to any child's education. I figure, if you don't have the money/time to travel to other countries and explore their cultures, then invite them into your home and learn that way! Also, I have talked to a lot of families who have adopted internationally and want to host a child from the same country as their adopted child in order to give their child the experience of being exposed to the culture he or she came from.
Also, I'm writing because I have a friend who is a regional director of CIEE and she has about 100 more students to place before the end of the month and I want her to be unglued from her desk so I can see her!
So if you have any interest at all or know anyone who might, you can contact me and I can talk to my friend about looking through the applications. (By the way as far as cost goes, there is no fee or anything, you are basically just adding a child to your family).