Greenheart has an amazing network of hosts and students and we love to hear their stories, tips, and suggestions. One of our Host Moms is also an author with a new book out. Kim Green has graciously agreed to share a bit about her journey through hosting and some tips for making the foreign exchange student hosting experience the very best.
Kim began opening her home to foreign exchange students back in 2008. She once asked a 17-year-old boy from Norway, “What do you think of Americans?” and was surprised by his response. She began to pay attention to the world around her and realized he understood something she didn’t.
“That set the pace for a journey that altered my understanding of culture and allowed me to raise my four children in a home of acceptance”. To her, hosting has meant “learning to accept differences while embracing past and current cultural issues and to accept that we all have miraculous parts of our cultures and we all have dark spots too. Identifying those differences for the means of equality is a kindness we all need to demonstrate”.
Here are a few of Kim’s best tips for hosting (and kind growing):
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You can find Kim’s book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kind-Growth-FES-Life/dp/B09YSNK9XG