David, from the Arkadin community, and Lynnea are a father and daughter living in Chicago, IL in the United States of America. David booked a trip for Lynnea to go on a homestay program in Paris with World is a Village. She was hosted by Beatrice (“Bee”), who became her host-sister, and in turn, they also hosted Bee when she came on her homestay experience to Chicago, IL. This is their interview talking about their experience when Lynnea traveled to Paris.

Interview conducted by Josephine Terrien, content manager at World is a Village
Interviewee: David, father, and Lynnea, globetrotter

Welcome to World is a Village! And thank you for agreeing to answer our questions

David: Hi! Pleasure to be here

Lynnea: Salut à tous!

Discovering World is a Village

To start, David could you tell us how you found out about World is a Village?

David: Well we first found out about World is a Village through the company that I work for, through posters that they hung up throughout the office. It really became of interest for us because when we were sending the kids through high school we had hosted several international students from China and it was a great opportunity to learn more about the culture, learn more about these students and their families. It really allowed us to connect with them!

It was extremely important for us to be able to connect with the host family, to get comfortable and make sure it’s a good environment.

Choosing the right host country for a homestay

What made you choose Paris as a Destination?

David: Well when we were looking at the platform, the different options for different host families, we looked at Japan, we looked at others, and I thought maybe one of the best one would be to ship her off somewhere into the Arctic! 

*laugh*

Lynnea, 13yo, traveled to Paris for a homestay

Lynnea: But I love France!

David: So once we settled on France it was a matter of deciding on which host family. It was extremely important for us to be able to connect with the host family, to get comfortable and make sure it’s a good environment. Through the platform, we were able to video chat with the family, get to know them, learn about the different family members, the environment… just to see if it was a good fit! Not only for us but for the host family as well! So that’s what we did and over the following weeks and months, Lynnea was able to video chat with Bee to make sure it was a good fit!

Walking around Paris and seeing the sites, we also went to the country house and there was a party

Lynnea’s homestay experience in Paris

Lynnea, what did you like most about France?

David: Wait let me guess! Was it the night you went to dinner and you had escargot? 

Lynnea: No!

Lynnea, 13yo, traveled to Paris for a homestay

David: Did you eat the escargot?

Lynnea: Yes!

David: Did you like the escargot? 

Lynnea: No!

*Laugh*

David: France is known for its cheeses… so did you like the Camembert cheese the best?

Lynnea: Eww… nahh…

David: So what did you like about Paris?

 Lynnea: Everything else! 

If you want to make an exchange like this or not. I say DO IT! It gets you out of the day to day life

Ok, that’s really general, *laugh*, could you name the top three things you liked in Paris?

Lynnea: The Eiffel Tour, walking around Paris and seeing the sites, we also went to the country house and there was a party, we were screaming and laughing our heads off! I had so much fun on this trip!

David: So picking France as a host country was a good thing then?

Lynnea: Yes! Definitely!

During your stay did you learn any French words?

Lynnea: Coccinelle, chat, cheveux, pelouse, escargot…

David: Wow that’s a lot! 

Advice for future users of our homestay experience

Any advice for World is a Village users?

Lynnea: If you’re not sure if you want to make an exchange like this or not. I say DO IT! It gets you out of the day to day life and lets you see what other people’s day to day life is like!

David: And for the parents out there who are considering World is a Village, my recommendation is that you take the time upfront, get to know your host family, make sure that you’re comfortable with them and that all the logistics are in place before they land. That way you’ll be confident to know that they’ll be taken care of and everything is in order. 

Thank you that was great!

David: Au revoir!

Lynnea: Salut!

Check the video interview below 👇

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