Cheung’s Family & Alice (意大利接待交流生 / Italian host student, 2018-19)
On 26th August 2018, a new member joined our family, our Italian daughter Alice. Of course at first we all needed time to adapt to the change, especially in term of habits like how to allocate the use of bathroom for shower at night. Alice also needed to get used to having Chinese food and the fast paced Hong Kong lifestyle.
For our kids, this is an opportunity for them to learn how to give love. Although sometimes they also complain, they forget right away, which I really appreciate. I am glad that my kids are caring and kind-hearted. In general we get along very well, we are also able to accept and learn from each other. Of course there were still misunderstanding caused by cultural difference, but at last they were resolved, during the communication process we also learned how to solve a problem. Being a host family is no doubt a challenging experience, but it brought us so much sweet memories. After seeing the growth in our kids, we would definitely say this is a worthwhile experience.