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Cassie___M

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Review for Education, Travel & Culture, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have hosted with ETC since 2015: 2 German students, 3 Italians and 1 South Korean. We have had amazing support and guidance through the hosting process with this company. We submitted criminal background checks, personal references and had an in-person inspection of our home. We were assigned a local coordinator that met with us every month at least. We had a thorough (3+ hours) new family orientation that guided us through what to expect, how to handle cultural differences and even a thorough sexual abuse prevention presentation. Our coordinator assisted us in choosing our student by matching our interests and the backgrounds of the kids. We have monthly activities in our community and our students have loved both the big national trips as well as our smaller regional trips. Our students have opened my own children's perspective on the world. It has not always been easy. We faced significant cultural barriers with our Korean son, but ETC helped us through and increased our understanding while also encouraging the student to overcome his own barriers. We have been lucky enough to visit three of our students in Europe and one of our Italian daughters recently returned home for a visit. We have expanded our understanding of different cultures and have added children to our family. We have been welcomed by our students' natural families as well into a large global family. Hosting has been a truly remarkable experience and ETC is an amazing sponsor organization!

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