It’s amazing to go on international adventures, but what if you could bring the adventure to you?
Becoming a host family for the Youth Ambassadors Program does exactly that! Being a host family is a highly rewarding experience. Both families and the Youth Ambassador gain so much during the short time they are together, but the memories last forever.
Here are some of our favorite reasons to be a Youth Ambassadors Program host family:
Gain a new family member.
When you bring someone new into your home, they become more than a guest. By integrating into your every day life, you create a deeper bond than simply meeting someone new. Being a host family allows your to cultivate lifelong friendships.
Watch Youth Ambassadors grow as young leaders.
Participants in the Youth Ambassadors Program are on an exciting journey experiencing a new country and culture. You get to be an integral part of this experience with them! You will send them back to their home communities with more maturity and self-confidence. You’ll be making a true difference in a young person’s life that they will remember forever.
Learn about a new culture and see the differences and similarities of how we live.
Youth Ambassadors are not the only ones broadening their horizons; you will too! Learn about your participant’s hometown, family traditions, local recipes, and other unique parts of their life. Host families enhance their empathy and understanding as they spend time getting to know someone outside of their normal day-to-day life.
Encourage connection in your home, community, and the wider world.
The satisfaction of helping a participant grow and adapt to new environments will inspire global connection in your family. This appreciation for building international relationships will ripple out to your friends and community. This can inspire a whole new generation of people to come together and work globally.
Appreciate your community and all it has to offer.
Sometimes you need to see your world through someone else’s eyes to appreciate it. Showing off your routine to someone who is experiencing it for the first time can open your eyes to the beauty in your everyday. Old favorites become new and exciting as your participant gets to see your world.
Host families are an essential part of the AMIGOS experience. It’s an opportunity for you and your family to open your home and share a part of your lives with a young person from another country. We’re looking for host families in the San Francisco Bay Area for an exchange from January 26–February 9, 2019.