What I Learned Living With A Host Family in Another Country
By Rachel McLeod
As I pack up my room after living with my Ecuadorian family for the past three months, I realize just how lucky I was to get to live with such great people and how much I am going to miss them. My host mom, brother, and even the two dogs are what made my time here great, rather than just good.
As a University student, adjusting to the host family life was a bit hard at first because it felt like I was back in high school.
In University, you get so used to being on your own, going places when you want, doing what you want and never having to tell someone beforehand.
Living with a host family meant I had a worrying mother again, when I left the house I had to let her know where I was going and when I was planning to be back. Yet, it was a routine that I easily fell back into, knowing that there was someone who always had my best interests in mind; she sincerely treated me like I was her real daughter.
Living with my host family in Ecuador, I was truly a part of their family. I got closest to my mom, having late night chats over cups of tea, talking about past relationships, venting about the stressful things going on in our lives; we built a great relationship that I will always cherish and I look forward to keeping in touch when I move back home.
Life with a host family meant always having a bed somewhere safe to return to every night and never having to worry about meals.
Living with a local family allowed me to learn first-hand about the culture and traditions, while never having to be lost or confused because they were always eager to help and give advice as much as they could in order to help me.
I got incredibly lucky with my host mom and host brother, two amazingly kind and interesting people. I gained a new family this year.