Why We Do Host Stays

Cultural exchange trips carry a type of learning that every person should experience. Over the past 12 days, we have all been challenged to understand and appreciate the cultural differences between ourselves and our Chinese hosts. Last night after dinner, we were i
invited to the home of the Lan and Zhang family. They are hosts to our Katherine. The warmth of this family and the interaction between the three of them and Katherine was amazing to watch. Everyone was eager to make a connection and to understand each other. There was a lot of laughter and fun to be had. This is the place that true cultural understanding happens, one on one in this small group setting. It is all made possible by the family’s willingness to open their home to a stranger and the stranger’s willingness to open herself to the family. It is happening in all of our home stays this week.

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