One of our lovely Homestay parents, Joan was kind enough to share with us her experiences hosting Lexis students.
Joan hosted many students from Lexis and one of her students was Japanese woman who stayed with her for just one week but formed a great bond. The student studied English literature at university and though she was only here for one week, they kept in touch after returning to Japan. A few months after returning to Japan Joan invited her student to visit her for a couple of weeks and they travelled to the Gold Coast.
Last February they travelled to Tasmania together, 3 years after her original visit, and they are still in touch today!
Joan has always helped Lexis students and just recently took two of our students on a “mystery tour” of the area, showing them Noosa Springs Golf Course and Clubhouse, Noosa Waters housing and finally kangaroos at dusk in Cooroibah. They are planning to visit the Eumundi markets together in the next month.
Her first Swiss student bought an old van to travel around Australia with a friend and Joan made curtains for the van so they could sleep better! The student went on to stay in Sydney with a friend of Joan’s, who taught him to windsurf. He was last heard from on Isla Margarita off the Venezuelan coast where he had been studying Spanish.
Another Swiss student introduced Joan to his family via Skype, and helped her entertain her friends at a caftan party. They had such a great time together that Joan visited him and his family in Berne!
Joan loves to hear of the subsequent careers, travels, weddings and babies from her students and found hosting students a very positive experience – she thoroughly recommends it to anyone as it broadens our experiences and minds and leads to lasting friendships.