“It is a great pleasure to be hosted by O’Connor Family – they respected me and treated me as their real family member”.

Arif Budianto, West Sulawesi to Manly, Sydney

“Our family have hosted three delightful young AIYEPers on the three recent Sydney rotations. Each one has been incredibly warm, generous and lots of fun. They have embraced our family life and enthusiastically seized whatever new opportunities come their way. Hosting has given us a new extended family in Indonesia, not just with the young people who have stayed with us but also with the other AIYEPers in their cohort. Just the other day my son asked when another young Indonesian was coming to stay. We’ll definitely be signing up for the next Sydney round.”

Melanie Morrison, Host Family

Not only did the family have dinner together, they also took some time after dinner to have conversations about things like how their day was, current issues in Australia or even to watch their favorite show together. And again, I was always involved in those routines…What I experienced is that no matter how busy they are on weekdays, they always make the best of time for their family. One of my favorite things about living with a host family was when I got the chance to do the things I have never done in my hometown.

Fety Nitbani, AIYEP36 – From East Nusa Tenggara to Tempe, Sydney

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