2012: Airport Arrival of Exchange Student – Jonathan

2012: Airport Arrival of Exchange Student - Jonathan

2012: Airport Arrival of Exchange Student – Jonathan

The day that we went to pick up Jonathan from the airport was quite an adventure.  He was supposed to arrive around 9am in the morning.  He was flying from New York to Detroit to Fort Wayne, IN.  However as we were driving to the airport I saw on my flight tracker that his original flight was delayed and that he was going to miss his connecting flight in Detroit.  At this point he did not have a cell phone and I had no idea how to make contact with him to find out what was occurring.

When we arrived at the airport the help desks could not give me any information since I was not his parent and we were kind of stuck.  I finally used my phone to send him a facebook message and fortunately he had wireless access at the airport and was able to tell us what the new plan was.  In the end he arrived about 3:30pm.

As you can see from the top two picture we had Swedish flag shirts on, and a sign that I had made using my Cricut machine.  The top one is us anxiously awaiting his arrival and the middle one is when he arrived.  My son was embarrassed that we were doing this, but all of the other host families though that it was a brilliant idea 🙂  When one of the cute girls from another host family said this, he all of a sudden thought it was cool :).

For these pages I used the Swedish colors of blue and yellow.  The letters saying “Welcome Jonathan” were cut out in a smaller size on my Cricut machine, but using the same font as I used for the welcome sign.

2012: Exchange Student Forture Cookie

2012: Exchange Student Fortune Cookie

As we were traveling to our home we stopped at our favorite Chinese restaurant because we were all very hungry.  Jonathan, our exchange student got the best fortune ever, and so I had to make sure that it made it into the album. If you can’t read it, you can click on the picture to make it full size.

Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

I just want to put a little plug here for serving as a host family for a Foreign Exchange student.  We had a wonderful time doing it – this was our first year – so much so, that we are going to do it again next year.  My son loved having a brother and learning about new places, and it makes our home a little more active 🙂

We used International Student Exchange for our agency and we had a great experience.  I encourage you to go to their website (http://www.iseusa.com/) and consider serving in this way.

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