I have done this for each of our three exchange students. For the last page of their albums that I create for them I write a letter and put it on the last page. The reason for this is that it is often hard to decide what to put on the last single page in the album as it needs to summarize the album and conclude it, while doing it only on a 12×12 page. I created this page the day before he left and sent it with him on the plane.
The whole page is designed to hold an envelope for a personal letter than I wrote to him, sharing how much we enjoyed hosting him, and how much we were going to miss him. I wanted to put it in an envelope because it was a personal letter to him that I didn’t want other viewers to read.
I post all of my blogs to Pinterest as well, and this is what is interesting – my most popular pin is of this type of page from our first exchange student – view it here –> Final Page on Pinterest. What this tells me is that host families really fall in love with their students, and are looking for ways to share that care.
See the first two letters here:
Note: While this is the last page from this exchange student’s scrapbook collection. Henry and I took a trip to Boston at the end of his time with us, and I put his pages of this trip into his scrapbook album. However I created a duplicate album for myself of this trip, and I will start posting the pages from that album in a few days.
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 third year – and we have had a great experience every time. My son loved having a brother and learning about new places, and it makes our home a little more active🙂