We got the son we never knew we wanted. Our family was not looking to host a student, but BFF reached out to our daughter’s rowing club and changed our lives forever. We were nervous to have someone else in our little family, but it has been an amazing experience on various levels. Our only child (16-year-old daughter) got a brother, and we got a son. It has truly warmed my heart to watch their relationship develop.

They have become both close friends, and siblings – each other’s confidence and annoyers. Our daily lives have been enriched with his culture through food and customs, and we’ve loved sharing ours with him.

Hosting a student has also encouraged us to explore our local surroundings, which has lead to the discovery of new places and things we have previously missed. It has been pure joy to see our student flourish, make American friends, and have unique experiences, which will hopefully be with him forever. The kids that come to the US with BFF are brave and outgoing and are eager to be a part of American culture. Our family received a priceless gift with our BFF student, and he will forever be a part of our family.

Tami, Dick, and Skyler