By increasing cultural understanding and decreasing negative perceptions, hosting an exchange student helps host families fall in love with the world.
Today, technology connects us in unprecedented ways. While it once took days for news to travel across the world, today it takes only seconds. Unfortunately, a lot of the time the news that travels globally can be negative. With bad news and stereotypes spreading rapidly, it’s easy for people’s perceptions of different cultures to be clouded. With that said, experiencing a different culture firsthand is the only way to truly understand it – and hosting an exchange student with Academic Year in America (AYA) can help.
By hosting an exchange student with AYA, you’ll discover another country without having to leave your own hometown.
Not only will your high school exchange student learn about the United States, you’ll also learn a lot about their home country by living with them every day. While sampling recipes from their country, listening to their stories, and simply being there for them through it all, you’ll discover a world of new and exciting things about another culture. All the while you’ll also learn many important lessons while hosting like, for example, that many stereotypes couldn’t be further from the truth. Perhaps you’ll also find that differences are awesome, and that those differences are what make the world such an amazing place.
Surprisingly enough, you’ll also rediscover the many wonderful elements of your culture and local area while hosting an exchange student.
By introducing them to your culture and community, you’ll share in their excitement as they experience things for the first time – and you’ll appreciate the little things a bit more too. At the end of your hosting journey, you’ll have a totally new perspective of the world! By hosting an exchange student, your love and appreciation for another culture and for your own will be amplified. Put simply, the experience will make you fall more in love with the world.