“While I was in Germany visiting Philipp’s family, they expressed such profound gratitude to me for having served as a host family because they said without people like me the program was impossible. I hadn’t quite thought of it like that because to me, being a host family was just one of the greatest things that our family ever did.”
The Leach Family, California
“Our experience was a model of the best experience anyone could have. As the weeks progressed, I marveled how we all got along; Larissa’s stay with us was seamless. I honestly felt she had grown up with us as family. We simply merged into a harmonious whole. Recently her parents came and stayed with us for three weeks and once again we were amazed to discover that we had become one large family on two continents. We are very grateful to ASSIST for bringing us together.”
The Reddy Family, Ohio
“Our experience as a host family was extremely gratifying. Our ASSIST student was clearly thoughtfully chosen and was well prepared to spend a year in a foreign culture. All in all, a wonderful experience for her and a wonderful experience for our family. She will be forever in our hearts.”
The Baker Family, Pennsylvania
“Our family experience was a positive experience and one we hope to indulge in again in the future. Diego will always be a part of our family. No matter the time that passes, he will always be welcome home and we hope to visit his home in Spain someday. My middle son really took to Diego and they will forever be friends and brothers. We miss him already!”
The Marshall Family, Illinois
“Our family is a better family with Quyen. We eat together almost every night and have interesting conversations about Vietnam and Chicago and all those weird cultural things most Americans take for granted.”
The cultural exchange is in fact a two way street. Our kids have learned lots about Lithuania, including where it is, what it produces , what life is like there, before and after Soviet oppression. Linas is helpful, unspoiled, eager to try new things, and appreciative of our way of life as well as our support. He's been a great addition to our school and we have made a lifelong friend.
The Johnson Family, Ohio
We never could have imagined the wonderful time ahead when we agreed to have Saskia join our family for the year! We have shared so many adventures and have learned so much from her - not only about her home culture, but about what it means for friends and family to share in life's experiences so deeply. What a gift this year has been to all of us!
The Armitage-Buhler Family, Maryland
“We had the rare and wonderful opportunity to be a host family to an ASSIST student for the 2009/10 school year. Adding a teenager to our household was in many ways like having another son, but the rewards were mutual. Jerry and our son, Ryn, consider themselves brothers. Already, Ryn has spent a month in Shanghai with Jerry’s family, and both families correspond with each other regularly. Jerry just started at UC Berkeley as a freshman, we are proud to note. ASSIST gave us a gift that will continue to enrich our lives for many years to come. ASSIST changed our lives and Jerry’s.”