Your exchange student may be coming to the U.S. to learn the language and embrace the culture, but reciprocity is key to a successful relationship.
To help your student feel more at home, embrace his or her own culture. Whether your student hails from Ukraine or Thailand, make it a family affair and plan a traditional menu, perhaps including your student’s favorite dish from home and some festive decorations. Your student will become more comfortable, and your family will learn something new in a fun, delicious way!
Beyond the kitchen, make an effort to learn a few words in your student’s native language, or try your hand at an activity native to his or her home, such as capoeira from Brazil – you might be surprised by what you end up loving.