My homestay experience was wonderful. I realize I am lucky to have lived with a family of seven who maintain both traditional values and new perspectives enough to accommodate American students.
I am grateful to those who found the families as well since, in sharing their friends, they created new friendships for us.
I hope every other group had such a satisfying experience. The amount of food we were given was enough proof of my family's hospitality.
Though the younger children could not really communicate with us, their acceptance of us was extremely important to me. According to their mother, the combination of their summer vacation and our presence excited them and kept them from sleeping. I hope they aren't tired now, but I loved that they were awake and happy and spending time with us.
Basically, I'm glad we didn't opt out of the homestay.