Eglantine, a 16-years-old globetrotter from France, took a two week trip with World is a Village to discover the homestay experience by staying with a Cuban family in Miami. During her trip, she got the chance to discover a side of American life not often accessible to young foreigners traveling in the States.

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Interview conducted by Josephine Terrien, content manager at World is a Village.
Interviewee: Marie, mother, and Eglantine, globetrotter, Treppoz

Josephine Terrien: Hello Eglantine, Marie, thank you so much for agreeing to sit with us to answer our questions.

Marie Teppoz: Thank you for coming, I hope we can answer all of them ūüėā

It‚Äôs always reassuring to know that the team is always here to help and support. 

Eglantine Treppoz: I am very excited to share my experience. It was such a wonderful trip!

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JT: Don‚Äôt worry there aren‚Äôt a lot of questions ūüėā. But let‚Äôs get started! So Eglantine, where did you travel with World is a Village and how was your host family?

ET: I traveled to a Cuban family living in Miami, the grandmother is Cuban. They moved to Miami about 50 years ago, I think. I really got to discover Cuban culture, the food, everything really… I really got to experience their way of life. It was really interesting, I really got to experience Cuban culture, and I never thought I would discover this much by traveling to Miami. This goes to show that you end up learning so many different things you usually don’t expect on these kinds of exchanges.

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Miami sky view during eglantine's homestay
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JT: Marie, how much support did you feel from World is a Village during Eglantine’s trip

MT: During Eglantine’s trip I felt a huge amount of support from the team since I knew that at any moment if there were any issues, I could call and ask for help from the team. In the end, everything went very smoothly, so I didn’t need the assist. But it’s always reassuring to know that the team is always here to help and support.

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Sign Miami Beach during Eglantine's homestay
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It was an incredible experience, I really loved it. It was really interesting and I would do it again without hesitation!

How Eglantine changed after the trip

JT: Did you notice a change in behavior upon Eglantine’s return?

MT: Eglantine was very lucky to be really immersed in the culture. When I say ‚Äúreally immersed‚ÄĚ I mean a total immersion because she even got the chance to participate in a summer university course, in Miami. She took a class on National Security, the defense, with FBI simulations‚Ķ What made me very happy is that she came back having followed these classes with a lot of enthusiasm on topics that aren‚Äôt necessarily very familiar to us.

Meme about simulation of FBI during Eglantine's homestay

JT: Eglantine is there anything you would like to add?

ET: Thank you so much World is a Village and Rosa‚Äôs family for welcoming me into their home in Miami. It was an incredible experience, I really loved it. It was really interesting and I would do it again without hesitation! ‚úĆÔłŹ

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