Simon & Laura (Switzerland, 2018-19)
Simon and Laura started to become our host family this year. At first it was just because of their son’s eagerness to host a foreign exchange student, they decided to join the program without thinking too much. Interestingly, after Jannes who is the host student from Switzerland arrived at Hong Kong, he stayed at the same bedroom with their son, so when there were conflicts generated by the difference in personality and habits, he was the one who had the strongest feeling. Of course this is a chance for him to learn how to get along with people from different background, they also influenced each other in a positive way. For example, Jannes loves sharing his life with host parent every time when he comes back home, Simon and Laura then started to realize that their sons did the same.
We always say being a host family is to ‘Welcome the world into your home!’, Simon’s family also understood more about Switzerland through Jannes’s sharing on his life back home. Apart from that, as Jannes is very outgoing and loves making friends, he also invited other AFS exchange students to join their family gatherings, this is when Simon’s family heard stories from all over the world.
Simon and Laura said, our daily life in Hong Kong usually starts with working all day, then urging their children to finish their homework, being a host family is an opportunity to break the routine and add color into their life.