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Council for Educational Travel, USA

CETUSA is dedicated to the mission of "reaching out to encourage a lifelong journey of global peace and understanding." We support this mission through the implementation of exchange programs for high school students - both American and international - and trainee and internship programs for university students/young professionals. This blog space is meant to continue the conversation on the value of education through experience - more specifically the experience of study abroad. There will be guest blogs here as well as announcements of resources for students, parents and teachers to learn more about study abroad and the global perspective.

Date archive for: August 2016

Hosting is a Blessing.

Posted in CETUSA News, High School Program, and Host Family

 

Mull Hosting

Ten years ago we were asked to “try out” hosting so we agreed to a short term commitment.  Within days it was apparent to my husband, son, daughter and myself that this was an amazing experience and so we welcomed our first international son Bruno from Brazil.  Seven years later we added his little brother Caio to our American family.  At the end of the program his mother Claudia and his father Oswaldo came to personally thank us for investing in their sons  and ultimately their lives.  We are making plans to visit Brazil in the future so our circle can be complete.  WE are still very connected via Skype, face time, email, Facebook and Instagram with the family.  Although your hosting experience may be 4-6 weeks as a welcome family, 5 months or 10 months the memories and relationships last forever.  Holidays and special days I often receive notes from my international sons/daughter and or their parents.   It is more heartwarming than I can express.

 

As hosts you are told you will impact a young persons life which is true but nothing prepares you for the greatest blessing that you and your family receive.  You grow your family even if it is half way around the world.  Since Bruno we have had the privilege to be mom and dad and a family to three other Brazilians, 3 Germans, 1 Spanish, 1 Italian, 1 Kazakhstan, and one daughter from Denmark.  Each has made an imprint on our hearts.

 

As an empty-nester my husband and I enjoy hosting two students now so they can be each others sibling plus we learn about two countries/cultures in the same year.  At this time in the world where peace is seen seldom this is a great opportunity to truly promote global peace and understanding.  By living together we learn why cultures are different and learn to appreciate those differences.  It is so awesome to have an impact on how a young person views Americans and then when they return they diffuse any false stereotypes and speak highly of Americans and our way of life.

 

People who know me personally know that I am very passionate about hosting.  I believe I am a much better person because we said yes.  I would strongly encourage anyone who is slightly interested to “try it out” and you will not be sorry.

 

Pam Mull, CETUSA Host Family

Michigan

Student of the Week (8.01.16): Jiawen from China!

Posted in High School Program, Host Family, and Student of the Week

Congratulations to our Student of the Week: Jiawen from China!

Calvin and Ryu prom night 2016

I want to acknowledge the friendship this student, nicknamed Calvin, formed with his host brother Ryu from Thailand. Ryu said he will miss Calvin. They spent the last 10 months together doing things such as playing games on their computers, eating at their favorite restaurant near our house on Fridays to celebrate the end of another school week, going to Starbucks, and eating lunch together at school most of the time.

Calvin learned how to smile in pictures. He also learned to do many chores while he was here–such as loading and unloading the dishwasher, stripping and making his bed, doing his laundry, and cooking occasionally.  Many things he did were his own idea—such as bringing in the mail and taking the trash can to the street on trash day.”

He made good grades and received awards in math and chemistry for the highest scores in his class.  He and our other exchange students were acknowledged at graduation and given honorary diplomas.

Hosting two students is the way to go if you are empty-nesters like us.

KHS graduation May 2016 2