Around a year ago Joan and I started having the idea about getting a exchange student. So why would some properly ask and there is not a simple answer to that, but a part of the answer is that:
- We love meeting people from other part of the world
- We would like to have an interesting “project”, returning from our 3 month journey in USA/Canada, because it is quite an empty feeling, when you have worked hard for something and suddenly it is over.
- We would very much like our children to learn about different cultures and understand what it takes to adapt a new member of our family and maybe wake their interest to be an exchange student by themselves.
- We have the room for a person more.
We don´t know anyone that had tried this before so we started to examine, what the options where. Quite fast we found AFS which is worldwide and has many years of experience in this. So we filled out and application and as soon as we had sent it, we was contacted by AFS Køge. We arranged a meeting in our house, so they could learn about us and our reasons to have an exchange student. I really like the setup of AFS, because the young people know that their host families have been interviewed and approved. In AFS you don´t get any money as a host family because they want to be sure you don´t do this for the sake of the money.
After the approval , we were contacted in the spring and got some papers on different young people that also had Denmark on their list of places they would like to be exchange students. Among those applications where Valentina, a 16 year old girl from Venezuela. I think we was attracted to her application because, she seemed open minded, interested in sport and music and of cause that she was from a part of the world, we don´t know so much about.
So after a while we was the informed that everything was agreed and she would come in the new school year. So we started to change the office to an extra bedroom instead and started our 3 month journey, knowing that everything was arranged.