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Dia's Story - Host Mom

I have thought over the last several years about hosting a student; however the timing didn’t seem right for my family. Last June, I was visiting with a father who spoke so fondly and highly of his “Dutch daughter” that I knew the timing was perfect. I contacted the German teacher that my oldest daughter had and was soon put in touch with Kim. She came to visit my children and myself and answered all of our many questions. First, I am a single parent and I wanted to know if there would be an issue with hosting and second, all 3 of my children (1 who left the nest but came home on the weekends and 2 teens) had to be 100% on board with this idea. My family thought a young lady from Germany would be exciting as our heritage is German. Before too long we were looking at profiles that would match our family. Laura’s profile showed up in my e mail in box and I contacted Kim and said “she’s perfect for us!”

Laura arrived at the end of August and immediately fit in with the family. I felt such joy and relief that she had arrived safely to our little home town that I couldn’t wait to let her family back home know she made it safe and was in good hands here in America. She would go to a high school that had just been built and be the first foreign exchange student there. Much to our surprise, the high school had 5 this year from all over the world! How exciting for all! Over the year, it was wonderful sharing family traditions with each other and hearing how theirs varied from my families German from Russian ones. She is hoping to come back to America for a visit at some point, and I know she will always be welcome here. We in turn, cannot wait to visit her home and meet her mom, dad, and brother.

The time is quickly approaching for her to fly back to her home country and I am so touched and grateful she shared this year with us. She has become a best friend to some at school, a sister to my kids, and a beautiful daughter to me. We have grown to love her deeply, and she will be missed.

There are no second thoughts as to my decision for hosting and truly feel blessed for this opportunity to bring our world closer together. I believe it has impacted not only Laura, her host siblings and me, but also the school and all those she has come to know here. She can take all her knowledge about our great America back to Germany and share with them.

I encourage families to host students from other countries. You may find your whole life changed in ways you could not ever have imagined.

Dia Heisler-Host mom to Laura from Germany
Exchange student 2016/2017

kimhegel@gmail.com

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