Brian and I are a retired couple in our late sixties whose children left home a long time ago. We have an active social life, enjoy being busy and useful in our community. When the opportunity came our way, through our daughter, to host students she immediately said, ‘Mum, you would enjoy this.’ And indeed, she was right!!
Our only criteria for Academic Families regarding hosting was that our students would like dogs, as our two working cocker spaniels are an integral part of our family. And on many occasions when a teenager would not consider saying to us that they needed a cuddle, the dogs have been an excellent alternative, giving empathy on demand. We have hosted several students over the years, and each has brought a different dynamic into our household.
Throughout, Academic Families have organised, supported, and been at the end of a phone for us. Our experiences with these youngsters have enriched us with details and culture of countries we have not yet visited.