August 31, 2012 we welcomed Malte to our family. He is from Germany, and was smart, adorable, and a lot of fun. Within 24 hours, we decided we would be his host family. We moved him in Matthew's room and they became very good friends. Malte went to school with Emily every day, and never regretted taking a student into our home. It was a great experience.
Earlier this summer, we learned that there were students needing placement. Emily is now in college and Matthew and Michael are both in the high school. With the extra bedroom, we thought it would be a great time to add to our family. Vanessa is also from Germany, and she joined our family on August 16. She had a rough beginning, with her flight from Germany being canceled and because of delays in customs, missing her flight from Chicago to KC. Once she was finally here, and completely exhausted, she immediately fit nicely into our family.
Now, I don't want to paint a perfect picture of adding another teen to your home. I will tell you, the struggles are worth it. I will be sharing our experiences and what we learned as a host family. I also plan to help you find an organization that will let you host a foreign exchange student.
For now, though, au revoir, auf Wiedersehen, good bye.