We have had some inquiries as to home-stay gifts and what is appropriate and necessary to bring, so we wanted to share some further information about this prior to your departure.
The purpose of home-stay gifts is to share a bit of your cultures and customs with your families who host you over your time on course. It is also a way to say thank you for their hospitality and leave behind a bit of you with them. You should not spend a lot of money on your gifts or see it as an obligation.
Some ideas for gifts are:
Also to note: you can make gifts when you are here. Printing photographs is incredibly easy and inexpensive, especially during the urban home-stay portion of the course. You can make your families photobooks of your time with them, or make your own postcards. It is a lovely, personalized way to share your time, and thanks, with them.
So looking forward to meeting you soon,
Anna, Rishi, and Shanti