BMHS PrideTime Reporter
Back in early December, CGS students were offered the chance to go to China for two weeks and stay with a host family for half the time. This time, it was China’s turn to come to the US and stay with an American family. Some of Brien McMahon CGS students were nice enough to open their home to the exchange students.
The exchange students traveled to Seattle, Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, NYC, New York, and Norwalk, Connecticut where they lived with their host families from 2/2/18 to 2/7/18. While in the well-known cities like Seattle and Pittsburgh, they went on a lot of history tours and the main premise was to learn about the history of the US.
While in Connecticut, some of the things they did with their host families included a trip to New York City, bowling, and skyzone. In New York, they walked the Highline and did some shopping. Cailey Martin(’19) also hosted a Super Bowl party for everyone who hosted and their exchange student.
“It was cool to see them have their first American football experience and especially because it was such a big game” Celine Demee(‘20)
Some of the highlights for Stephanie Skidmor’s host brother 摊至恒,(Tan Zhi Heng), were the comic stores in NYC, the Norwalk high vs McMahon Boys Basketball, and the overall American experience that not many kids his age in China get.
“Overall I had a good experience and I will host again. 摊至恒 was very kind, he was supportive of all my sports and we bonded over burgers and Basketball…A LOT of Basketball.” Says Stephanie.
There weren’t too many complications except the language barrier and culture differences. For example, some of the exchange students lacked gratitude and manners that someone from America might have. Also, some of the hosts had very busy schedules due to sports or other after school activities, but each host tried their best to accommodate them to satisfaction.