That’s the Stuff!
Future Leaders Exchange student from Armenia kayaking in Wisconsin
You could say that Nare is cruising right through the adjustment cycle.

Armenian feels at home with the Knutsons

I really enjoy my host family. They are people I trust and to whom I can go with a problem. Before I arrived, it seemed weird to me that I was placed in a family without children, but when I arrived, I fell in love with my host parents right away. They seemed like very kind and careful people. I enjoy spending time with them. We usually go grocery shopping together.

They are always eager to play table games with me or listen to my favorite music. I'm going to teach them how to dance Armenian traditional dances. It's so much fun to know that they really like to know more and more about me and my culture. My host mom made some cookies for me too, and I'm going to ask her to teach me how. That's the kind of good stuff to take back with me.

I hope that I’ll have the chance to take my host parents to Armenia with me to share more of my own culture with them some day.

—Nare (FLEX, Armenia), hosted by the Knutson family (WI)