We've hosted students for 8 years now and it's hard to remember how or why we began, but what's easy to share is how much we've loved each and every one of our boys. We are the proud parents of 2 sons of our own and now have about 10 adopted sons across Europe.
We love the challenge that each new student brings, watching them grow and flourish as their language skills go from strength to strength. We also love the family dynamics as they settle into life in NZ and into their new family. They arrive as strangers and leave as whanau.
Both of our sons have enjoyed trips to Europe to stay with their "brothers". It's exposed our children to new people, languages, cultures and food and for us, those experiences and connections are ones that can't be measured.
We'd say without hesitation to anyone considering it, to open their hearts and home to an international student. We promise you'll be doing a lot of laughing together!
Cathy Donnelly & Richard Bourne