Getting to know one of our host families!
Let me introduce you to Maryann and David, they live in San Pedro, one of the suburbs of San Jose and they have three children, only one still lives at home with them. They became a host family in 2002 after being approached by ILISA with the question if they could take a student into their home for a few weeks. After this initial experience, they kept taking in students, first only one at a time, but have now expanded their home and sometimes have up to six students staying with them! When asked what they like about being host families, David quickly replied: ‘Everything! The only part that I do not like is saying goodbye to people, that makes me sad.’ They enjoy meeting people from all over the world, different nationalities and cultures interest them. For now they are not planning to stop being a host family, Maryann and David will be a host family as long as God allows them to, they said. When sitting with them, a lot of stories come up about former students who have stayed with them, one even funnier and more interesting than the other.