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Jul 22

Bring the World to Your Home

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Bring the World to Your Home

McDonald PTA is looking for host families for the 2015-2016 school year. We need places for the Japanese and Spanish Immersion Interns to stay while they work at our school. This is a great opportunity for your family to:

  • Learn about another part of the world,
  • Learn a few words of a different language,
  • See our language, culture, and country through someone else’s eyes,
  • Meet someone who loves children and traveling the world,
  • Show off our beautiful spot in the Pacific Northwest, and
  • Help out the school in a big way.

Please contact interns@mcdonaldpta.org if you would like to host or have questions about hosting.In addition to hosting, we would also appreciate donations of working smartphones for use by interns.

What does it take to be a host family?

Timing
Immersion Interns usually arrive in the United States in late August and will stay through the school year. We are looking for families to host an intern for a Fall or Spring semester or for a quarter. We are also putting together a list of families who might host an intern for a short-term stay or would be interested in having interns house sit during school vacations (please contact interns@mcdonaldpta.org if interested).

Space
Interns do not need a large amount of space. They need a room they can call their own for privacy and to keep their clothing and other personal items. There is no expectation that interns will have their own bathroom. Additionally, interns really need access to Wi-Fi internet.

New Routines
Interns become part of each host family’s routines. In some cases, this can mean that there is an additional adult in the home who likes kids. At times, a fun, younger adult can provide entertainment when parents need the chance to take care of daily tasks or complete a sigh of relief that the day is done. This year, an intern helped a host family by walking to school with the family’s first-grader.

An Intern Perspective on What Interns Need When They Arrive

  • Space of his/her own – Especially when the intern arrived in the US, it was important that the intern could take a break when the intern was tired or overwhelmed.
  • Being welcomed into the host family. The intern wanted to get to know their new family and spend time with the family, following daily routines and learning about Seattle. The intern said that this was the most important need.
  • Interns don’t need a private bathroom.
  • Eating the same food as the host family.

Meals
Immersion Interns are college students or have recently graduated. Do you remember what you ate when you were in college or your early 20s? That’s right. Lots of Maruchan Ramen and really cheap pizza. Many of the interns are flexible with respect to sharing meals with their host family. They do not arrive expecting gourmet dining for each meal. Rumor has it, one of the current interns is perfectly happy to live on ice cream!

Interns enjoy sharing foods from their country with their host families and sometimes prepare special meals. Additionally, interns will often want to become part of the household and may provide assistance in preparing some dinners.

 

 

  Rodrigo's Tortilla de Patata
   

[Photo: Rodrigo's Tortilla de Patata]

Meals
Immersion Interns are college students or have recently graduated. Do you remember what you ate when you were in college or your early 20s? That’s right. Lots of Maruchan Ramen and really cheap pizza.

 

 

 
   

Many of the interns are flexible with respect to sharing meals with their host family. They do not arrive expecting gourmet dining for each meal. Rumor has it, one of the current interns is perfectly happy to live on ice cream!

[Photo: Sushi dinner organized by 2014-15 intern Tomoe]

Interns enjoy sharing foods from their country with their host families and sometimes prepare special meals. Additionally, interns will often want to become part of the household and may provide assistance in preparing some dinners.

Please contact interns@mcdonaldpta.org to let us know if you are interested in hosting, being on the short-term or house-sitting rosters, have a smartphone to donate, or have any other questions.

 

Thank you for considering becoming a host family!

- Gwenn Fer & Amie Hanson 

Questions?
interns@mcdonaldpta.org

 
 
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Summer Camps & Activities

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