From our time in Santiago (March 19th):
Hello everyone! I, Kyara, wanted to tell you a bit about our experience at our home stays and with our host moms. Yesterday night each pair arrived at their home stays. My host mom’s name is Lourdes and is a psychologist. She lives with her 70 year old brother who loves telling jokes and giving advice. Last night Shalimar and I met her best friend and sat around talking for hours. They asked about things like: our favorite foods and religious affiliation. It was a night filled with discoveries. Lourdes is also very sweet. I have been feeling under the weather for a while and she made sure that I was taking my medicine and was feeling well. I am very excited for the rest of the time I will spend with Lourdes seeing as she is very motherly and sweet.
Meanwhile, I, Stephanie, have Altagracia. She lives with her grandchildren, Aimee, Emily, and Faisal, her 3 dogs and 2 cats. Altagracia and her family received us with open arms, welcoming us upon our arrival. Altagracia told us that she has had many students stay in her home, and she it is obvious that she is very good at making them feel at home. Aimee and Emily love playing with me and Thea! While at first they were a bit shy and hesitant, we quickly bonded with them. I can’t wait to see what other things we experience together!
Hi everyone! This is Chloe, and my host mom is named Lucía and my “little brother” is David. Since our arrival on Monday, my host mom has been extremely friendly and warm, welcoming me and Eva into her home with open arms. Over traditional Dominican meals and chats on the porch, Lucía has shared her experiences in the DR with us and Eva and I have explained our lives in the US. David, who is just 8 years old, is never shy to kick around a “fútbol”, or soccer ball, in our direction, and loves practicing his English phrases with us. I am so grateful to have gotten to know this incredible family and their way of life, and I am excited to savor our final day together!