We have a new AFS student. This time we have Maria from Russia and she is only 15 years old! Phew. I don’t know about you but I would not have been ready to travel at that age to another country and culture for the best part of a year.
Saki, another Japanese AFS student, joined us from Warrington near Manchster to go on a canal holiday with us.
AFS “handed” Mutty over in the evening and Host Mother and Younger Host Sister took Mutty away for refreshments and to start to get to know her. It is hard to know who was the more nervous. Whilst Mutty is certainly more brave to travel to the other side of the world into a completely different culture, Host Mother was also taking on a lot.
In September 2005 we took on the hosting of a Japanese girl (aged around 17) for an academic year. We did this through AFS. They provides intercultural learning and volunteer opportunities for students, young adults, teachers and families through international exchange.