As we have discussed on many occasions, travel is a tried and true teacher for a young person to learn about the world around him, to gain insight on the human experience and to test the mettle of his personality in an expansive but safe environment. For the organization, the home stay is a way of helping make that travel affordable. For the boy, the home stay is that growth opportunity in spades. For a boy to converse with new people and learn home customs of other families and other country customs is one of those light bulb moments and the boys steps onto the threshold of manhood.
From the kindness of strangers in Denham Springs, LA came new friendships and memories that spilled out of the boys upon their return to the bus. The new “mamas and brothers and sisters were beaming at their new “son” and didn’t really want to see him go.
Here is what a few of the boys shared about their evening after the concert:
We went swimming in a crystal clear pool with a diving board and slide and we competed for the coolest moves. At breakfast I learned that one of my fellow choristers is Canadian…Coleman
My homestay was amazing. The people who kept us were very nice and friendly. It was my first time to do a homestay. The family was very welcoming and we had so much in common. I can’t wait for the next one…Diego
My homestay was awesome. At night we got to go to the pool and the lady said that if we go to the pool we don’t have to take a shower!. But the best part was the morning when we got beignets and donuts and played basket ball…..Ayush
My homestay was great. The family there was very nice and helpful. I hope very much that I can do homestays again…Jesse
My homestay was very kind and generous. They opened up their beautiful home to us and fed us and cared for us as if we were their own children. I love homestays because it is a chance to meet new people and make new friends….Royce
If you ever have the opportunity to keep a young person from another country or another city or state, I hope you will consider it. You won’t regret it!