Host family experience Summer 2023.
We just had the most incredible experience with our two exchange students, Carlota from Spain and Violet from France. The moment we welcomed these two amazing young ladies into our home, our lives were enriched beyond measure. Over the very short 3 weeks they were with us, they experienced everything from 4th of July concert and fireworks, Sawdust and other festivals, and cruising up and down Pacific Coast Highway in my 1957 Chevy Bel Air. Oui Connect also provided outings with other exchange students wherein they saw whales, watched an Angel’s game and visited Universal Studios.
On July 11, we surprised Carlota with a birthday pool party inviting other foreign exchange students from Spain, France and Germany. It’s astonishing how much we can grow when we embrace diversity and foster cross-cultural connections. But the best part was the incredible bond that formed between Lisa and I and these two girls. We shared laughter, tears, and unforgettable memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. The hardest part, though was seeing them off when they boarded busses for LAX. We cried and hugged and cried. I’d be remiss to not admit it…yeah, there was a lot of love in those tears.
These remarkable young women have left an indelible mark on our lives, and we are forever changed for the better. They are now part of our family, and both promise to return next summer.
If any of you ever have the opportunity to welcome exchange students into your home, we wholeheartedly encourage you to take the leap. The rewards are immeasurable, and the memories will last a lifetime. I hope we all continue to foster understanding and create a world where cultural exchange thrives – the rewards are many!