It is humbling to be entrusted with a precious life, even for a season; a nurtured child emerging into adulthood, having been given their 'wings to fly'! They have travelled around the world on an adventure and they come into our lives. At this point we have the opportunity to impact into them a new way; a new perspective; a new culture. It is with pride that we have opened our home. It is with love and consideration we accept and embrace the dissimilarities. There are so many positives to hosting a student that we could have never envisioned beforehand. So many great moments. Having made the decision, we are truly blessed!
Wilkinson family, Tauranga
We are so glad STS found us. We had thought about hosting, but just never got around to making any enquiries, and then we got a phone call from an STS area representative, asking us to be a host family. This started us out on a wonderful journey. We have hosted seven overseas students, and had many others stay for a brief time. All have become valued members of our family. I would recommend becoming a host family, it is a life changing experience and I'm so glad we took up the challenge.
McGimpsey family, Winton
We have now hosted 2 students, Emma from Finland and Sara from Italy. I feel having a host daughter has made our family better through working on our communication, learning about different cultures and encouraging us to see the beauty and diversity of New Zealand from an outside prespective. For our son it's been a rewarding experience having an older sister in the house. Our STS co-ordinator has been amazing. Helping us every step of the way and is only a phone call away whenever I've felt I need to talk anything through. I recommend STS to anyone thinking of hosting a student in the future.
Retter family, Wellington
We had been thinking about hosting a student for a while and it so happens the area representative is also a member of a coffee group I attend with my 3 year old son. I had looked at a few profiles and fell in love with our students profile, thinking she will fit in perfectly. Explaining to my husband that we were getting a teenager for a year was an interesting task. (He came around) She had fit in so well, that letting her go was very hard. I highly recommend STS as they support you all the way through yours and your new daughter or sons experience.
Brown family, Waimate
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