By Marilé, YFU host mother from Thabazimbi
My name is Marilé and I live on a farm in Thabazimbi with my husband, two children, mother and father. Hosting an international student crossed my path unexpectedly and the decision was a very impulsive one. I just informed my family that evening about my decision and I will never ever forget their faces.
Actually on my way to the airport I could feel how I was getting an anxiety attack. I thought to myself, what did you do????
Well, what a surprise! If all the international students are like my Vicky, I will host a student every year!
Vicky immediately became part of our family. She adapted very quickly to her new environment as well as her new “family” in spite of the language barrier. She started school and with some extramural activities on the Monday directly after the Saturday on which she landed.
She is not at all a demanding child and only a pleasure to accommodate in our house. She is adventurous and full of fun. Everybody loves her and we are going to cry a lot when she goes home. I don’t think I must take in another student because I will not find another Vicky!