Our host families love international students! ❤
Part of our daily job is to check in with students’ host families to see how our students are doing. We hear stories that surprise or disappoint us everyday. We also love to hear about the sweet ones. It is simply amazing to see how well our students integrate with their host families. Let’s hear about what The Maasz from Maranatha Christian Schools and The Falkenau from Pacific Ridge School would like to share with us.
Sonya and Steve have been hosting our IEM students since October 2012. When their two daughters left home for college, they started to host our students. Both Sonya and Steve were international students and later taught conversational English to ESL students. Being international students and exposed to new cultures as teachers, they share a natural inclination to understand how to make their students feel comfortable and at home with them. Sonya and Steve are an ideal host family for our two girls, Olivia and Tina attending Maranatha. They treat the girls just as their own daughters and teach them valuable life skills they may use for the rest of their lives. Thank you Sonya and Steve for making a positive difference in the girls’ lives.
自2012年，Steve和Sonya Maasz 加入了IEM并开始接待IEM的学生。Steve和Sonya两位也曾经都是国际学生，也曾担任英语老师教导国际学生日常英语会话。正因为这样的经历，Steve和Sonya更能够理解国际学生远赴外国读书的心情，是作为接待国际学生的好人选。Steve和Sonya目前接待两个在玛若納瑟学校上学的两个女孩子，Steve和Sonya把两个女孩子当作是自己的女儿一样，不仅照料她们还教导她们生活上大小事，为将来独立做准备。谢谢Steve和Sony为IEM学生的付出！
Steven and Sonia Maasz Family
We love hosting IEM students! So far, we’ve had two graduates, and although we’re looking forward to Olivia’s graduation this year, we’re not eager for her departure for college. Olivia arrived four years ago, while still in Eighth Grade, and it’s been a privilege to help her make the transition from a child to an accomplished young lady. Tina joined us in August. She fit in remarkably well from the start, and we hope she’ll be with us again next year. We’ve also enjoyed meeting both girls’ families, as they, too, are delightful.
Our idea is to treat the girls as much as possible as if they were our own daughters, while making allowances for the very different world from which they come and the future they must navigate. We think they benefit most from their experience to the extent we teach them to live and work as independently as they safely can. Tina and Olivia have been a big help to one another as they have discovered places they like to go and activities they enjoy. We look forward to hearing great news from both of them in future years.
Melissa, David and their three beautiful children, Gavin, Bella and Eden make a perfect family for Arissa attending Pacific Ridge School. They are an active family and spend lots of time outdoors together. When the water was warm, their son Gavin taught Arissa how to boogie board. Their young girls, Bella and Eden look up to Arissa and enjoy hanging out together. Melissa and David have accepted Arissa as one of their daughters and have taken an active role in her academic, social, and emotional needs. With their time, patience and support, they made this experience hosting Arissa really fun for their whole family. Thank you for making this a great year for Arissa!
Melissa, David和他们漂亮的三个孩子Gavin, Bella和Eden，再加上目前就读太平洋峻岭的Arissa的加入，真是个完美的大家庭。他们周末喜欢到处走走，参与不同的户外活动。当海水暖和的时候，大儿子Gavin会教Arissa“趴板冲浪”；两个小女儿把Arissa当大姐姐一样喜欢和她一起玩。Melissa和David也把Arissa当作是他们第3个女儿一样，尽他们所能用时间、耐心和支持帮助Arissa在学业、生活和情绪上的需求。谢谢Falkenau家庭给Arissa带来这精彩的一年。
Melissa and David Falkenau Family
We’ve had Arissa (or Xuan) living with us since August. There have been some ups and downs but overall a really fun experience. Xuan speaks excellent English, has a Great sense of humor, and fits right in with our family. Parenting an extra teenager can be a challenge – You have to be where? When? And you’re telling me now? Along with the expected cultural differences, taking initiative, and helping without being asked is somewhat of an ongoing adjustment. But for the most part discovering and discussing our cultural differences has been so much fun. We laugh a lot and Xuan is always happy to participate in our adventures. She has had so many new first’s here, she attends church with us, she has discovered she loves boogie boarding, next step, Surfing! She was a guest at my sister’s wedding and learned how to apply makeup and “rocked” a darling dress and heels for the event. It’s great to share these experiences with her. All three of our children adore her, she is very kind and patient with our little girls and is a typical crazy teenager with our son. If you were to ask Xuan, I think she would say her time has been all about the food (which she really, really enjoys), but hope the memorable experiences will leave a lasting impact on her as well. She is a lovely sweet girl and we have loved having her.
Thank you Maasz and Falkenau for sharing your stories with us. Our host families have been one of the important components in our High School Program. Hundreds of students have grown into independent young adults and successfully graduated from our High School Program, we cannot do it without our host families. ❤