“France has come to us.”
At least that is how we approached hosting our French intern. From the start, the Intern Committee provided information and support regarding the hosting process and clear communication regarding expectations. When Kawtar arrived in the fall, we were excited to meet her. We have enjoyed learning daily about differences and similarities between our languages, cultures and food. Catching up on the news, going to a drive-thru and trips to the grocery store became a little more interesting when viewed through a new lens.
We’ve shared meals, movies, road trips, holidays, our bathroom(!) and have in turn (see what I did there?) gained a new perspective and most of all, a dear friend from our hosting experience. As the last of our 4 children gets ready to leave LNFI, we’re so thankful we had the opportunity to host.
If you want to make the world a bit smaller and have a ton of fun doing so, host an intern
This past fall, our family hosted our first French intern– Roxane Chiquet from Rennes, France. And we can’t recommend hosting enough. We found it a terrific, cross-cultural experience. You’ll learn a lot; you’ll laugh a lot, especially about foods, French words, English words and multiple meanings. Kids have an opportunity to explore what they know and wow with their verbiage and crazy American culture. You’ll be amazed at how tech savvy French interns are.
Roxane became a part of our family. We celebrated holidays and birthdays together. We traveled to outstate Minnesota, we tackled puzzles and played games. And though she will eventually return to France, she will always be part of our extended family.
—Ray Kirsch & Sheri Huerd
Why hosting an intern is worth it (It totally is!) by Ellory (11yrs old):
- You develop a friendship that can last for many years.
- You get the experience of having someone from another continent, state, city, and home come to live with you.
- It’s educational. You learn about French culture and some bonus words and phrases!
- Since English isn’t their first language and French isn’t ours, you both make mistakes, and maybe your kids will have the chance to correct them in English, a person way older than them. It definitely boosts self-confidence.
- It takes a lot of bravery and confidence to welcome a stranger in your home. It will be scary, but I know you have it in you. And after you do it, you know that it was worth it.