I still remember the day Aditi asked me for her allowing her to go to a German exchange with pleading eyes.
It was her dream from the day she took German as her third language. She knew it’s her 10th and mid term after the vacations will be really hard, and I could say a “no” but with a big heart I allowed her because I knew, no marks or academic achievement can ever give her this opportunity of going on a cultural programme, living with a totally different family and being a part of their daily routine.
The opportunity to experience another culture firsthand, by living with a native family is a chance of a lifetime.
Good things and positive experiences don’t always come easy. I thanks my school Lotus Valley and their team for giving this chance to my son and will treasure forever.
This exchange program has impacted on his future in many ways like lifelong friendship, career goals, and personal goals.
(Mother of Lakshya Bhatia , class 10th vivevekanand )
The experience has been truly very inspiring and full of lifetime memories for him. The excitement of going with friends to an unknown country was itself so exciting for him as well as us!! Thanks to technology – Thomas ( his German partner ) and Uday chatted regularly before the trip so a certain comfort zone had set in. I was also in touch with Christine ( Thomas”s mom ) who was sweet and welcomed Uday with open arms.
Uday has made so many friends and learnt about the German way of life too ! From becoming independent and understanding self and growing in confidence to understanding responsiblity not only for studies but in other spheres too – we see tremendous changes in Uday after the trip.
The host family also took great care, both Thomas and Uday have become very good friends. We now look forward to having them over and reciprocate to their hospitality !!
Mona and Jai Bansal
Parents of Uday Bansal
class 10, Vivekanand
Whoever has ever hosted an exchange student before knows how stressful such a project can be. So, what was it really like to have an Indian in your house?
We asked some of the German parents about their experiences with students of LVIS: “What impressions left the excange project on you or your child?”
Here are some of their answers:
“Die Welt ist sehr verschieden” (The world is very diverse)
“Ein bischen anstrengend, aber es war definitv machbar und eine tolle Zeit, die wir nie bereuen werden!” (A little bit exausting, but definitly possible to manage and it was a great time we will never miss)
“It was a great time because I learnt about India, too. We didn’t have any problems with the exchange partner and we were sad when he left.”
“The culture of the Indian people is very interesting”
“It was interesting to host a foreign teenager from India. Everybody was really friendly and open. It was also nice to get in contact with the Indian parents on skype. We also learned a lot about the Indian cuisine and the indian way of life.”
We are curious about your honest feedback. Have you ever hosted a foreign student? What was it like? Tell us your story in the comment section!