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Growing Up as Part of a Host Family

Bethie Hungerford is a marketing specialist with Educatius where she helps recruit Host Families around the world.

“I am pleased to work with Educatius for a number of reasons but must say my genuine enjoyment about this role is largely personal: I grew up in a Host Family!

Growing up as a part of a Host Family had a massive influence on me; it opened my eyes to an entire world beyond my small farming town. I have clear memories of tasting sauerkraut for the first time with our German student, “Charles” I also remember eating seaweed crackers with our Japanese exchange student, Tomoya. As a result, I learned that experiencing new foods–particularly interesting flavors and textures–could be one of life’s great joys!

growing up in a host family
Attending a Japanese tea ceremony with our student, Junko, put on by our Local Coordinator is another clear memory.

Growing up in a Host Family has given me a love and great appreciation of international foods, language and culture. It has also instilled in me a desire to explore the world. I was unable to be an International Student myself, but have made up for it by living abroad myself for the last twelve years!

Exchange programs have changed quite a bit since my experience in the 80’s and 90’s but the core experience is the same. Being a Host Family is a life-changing, cultural adventure. It allows us to build friendships and bridges from our family to families around the world. That will never change.”

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