The Canadian Homeschooler is running a blog theme " Summer Learning. Ideas for how to provide learning opportunities throughout the summer. " One of the learning events we have done for the past few summers is have an international student stay with us. We work with Nacel Homestay. They do pay us a stipend to help with costs of hosting a student (extra gas, food etc.. you won't grow rich, but it more than defrays costs).
Our student this year comes from France.
We have introduced him to the joys of archery. He told us: "I like this sport, it is harder than I thought it would be".
We learned that he likes the beauty of biking in the woods and gets contemplative easily.
Our camping trip led to a day at Niagara Falls. Fun but busy day. We stopped at the Welland Canal, good time to ask questions about how the boats come in, to listen, question, read and learn. He has progressed so much in his English since coming here.
He was able to order his own meals when we went to Niagara Falls. A first! :)
By the way... the Create Your Own Burger "is the best hamburger at a fast food place. This is SO good."
Why not try it yourself?
You'll learn about another country, have the joy of seeing your land through the eyes of another (like we have BIG cars) and lots of space and the houses, they are big! You'll learn something about yourself as well, and that's an excellent thing in and of itself.
So if you have an extra bed, give it a whirl...you'll be glad you did. :) Take in a student from away, it's a good thing.
To go the link up (live July 27) GO HERE.