I’m brazilian, and I’ll be leaving for an exchange year in the USA next semester. However, as many other students going to a variety of countries, I don’t have a host family yet. We are only allowed to travel to our host countries when we have hosts, and the school year is about to begin!
I know it might sound pretty awkward when i tell you to adopt one of us, but actually, it’s not. We all went through tests to make sure we were good enough to be exchange students. Some of us might be unprepared, but we will definitely try our best. We are all eager to learn, to see the world from a different angle, to experience a completely different culture.
We all have dreams and objectives, and we are willing to do a lot to reach them (we might even wash your dishes!) But we need some help to get there. We are open minded, and we’ll accept all kinds of families. You can be young, elderly, married, widower, single, in a relationship - we don’t mind. LGBT+ families are accepted and welcome as well. All we want is someone to share our experiences with. Someone to learn from.
You don’t need to be rich, it’s enough to give us a place to sleep and feed us. Well, you won’t receive any money to host us, but I promise (i the name of all students) that we will pay you the best we can. We will share our culture, our stories, our country. We will share our dreams, our everything. You will get a chance to change our whole lives (and we will try to change yours).
I’m aware that I am asking for a lot, but i need this opportunity. This might be the only chance i will get to leave this country for a while. It might be my only chance to become a global citizen. An exchange year is not a year to just have fun. It’s an year to learn all of those things school couldn’t teach us.
We want to promote world peace, we want to promote respect and cultural awareness. We want to make this world a better place. And for that we need you.
please help. There are many intercultural programs that need hosts, and they vary by country, but AFS Intercultural Programs is one of them, and it’s active in many countries.
Check it out! And please consider hosting!