Volunteer Hosts Give Exchange Participants an American Dinner Experience


I’m so excited to be hosting a group of three international visitors, who are part of the Women Entrepreneur Program in my home, for a cultural exchange, and share a bit more about what’s worked for us as entrepreneurs here in Dallas. Either way, just come on in, and make yourselves at home. I think it’s important for Americans to host exchange visitors, because when you host a person from another country in your home, when you have them in to share a meal, the conversation, the experiences, the shared experiences that you have regardless of where they’re from, and from where we’re from I think those are invaluable. One of the things that international visitors always report as being the highlight of their trip over here, is coming to an American family and eating just a traditional American meal. [There’s chicken and then taco meat…] There’s no better way to get to know someone than having dinner at your table, and really having some unfiltered, really frank and transparent conversation. You not only get to know them, as people, as mothers, as business women, but also just as citizens and representatives of their countries. The home-hospitality actually gave me a picture of what it’s like to live in an American family, in an American home. I immediately felt the warmth and the love in the house, because the family was really welcoming, and they were very nice, and very considerate of our culture. If we only talk about business, that’s the face that we show to everyone. I’m cool, I’m successful, I’m that kind of thing.. but when it’s coming to family, your house, your home, to see… how people live… everyday in their house, that’s reflecting who they are. [laughing] We have enjoyed ourselves so much, in having people in, and meeting people from literally all over the world. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that we would have such interesting dinner guests over, and it’s all been through the exchange program. And I can’t recommend it highly enough for anyone who wants to get involved in it.

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