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The Homestay Kitchen: Cultural Connections with International Students who Study Abroad

Mary Chan and Erin Eastman Paulson

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The Homestay Kitchen: Cultural Connections with International Students who Study Abroad

Mary Chan and Erin Eastman Paulson

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Join us, Mary Chan and Erin Eastman Paulson, as we serve up stories of being a homestay family - the ups and downs of making a connection with international homestay students. We’ll bring a plateful of stories, ideas, interviews, and hopefully, dish up some anecdotes to share with our community.For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.comJoin our conversation!Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.comInstagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchenFacebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

Latest Episodes

10 Steps of Culture Shock

Culture shock can come in many different forms, not just language for international students. From food, to hygiene, and even the way people dress. It's not about what each culture is doing right or wrong, but about how things are done and are acceptable in different countries. Culture shock can be entertaining and fascinating to new students at first, but then it could also lead to confusion, feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and disoriented, which could induce homesickness. So what is this cycle and what signs are we looking for? In today's episode, we go through the 10 steps of culture shock and how it's all part of being a homestay host to international students studying abroad. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

35 MIN18 h ago
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10 Steps of Culture Shock

Cultural Expectations with Master Homestay Host Tatiana Robertson

When you decide to host international students in your home, it's not an easy decision, especially if this is your first time. And even if you have hosted before, sometimes you've got to weigh the pros and cons. There are so many details that could be overlooked and really, you don't know what you don't know. So we tapped into the knowledge of Tatiana Robertson, who has hosted short and long term students from all over the globe for over seven years. In today's episode, we chat with Tatiana, whom Erin crowned the Master Host Mom, not once, but twice in our conversation. Hear her tips on what to do when your student first arrives at your home. She dives deep into responsibilities and obligations as a host and how cultural expectations play a major role in the success of your homestay experience. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen...

55 MIN1 w ago
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Cultural Expectations with Master Homestay Host Tatiana Robertson

Erin & Mary's Favourite Things

EWhat are some of your favourite things? Things to indulge in, to keep you calm, or things that you love and won't give up. What can't you live without? In this episode, we go through some of our favourite things. Whether they are student-related or personally loved by us, we share what keeps our hearts-a-flutter. Full disclosure, there's a lot of food-related items. So get to know us and then let us know if you love the same things. Or if you have something that we need to know about. Maybe one of our future favourite things is actually one of yours that we don't know about yet. So please let us know what you love to keep your life buzzing. Email us or find us on Instagram! We'd love to know. Thanks! For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

43 MIN2 w ago
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Erin & Mary's Favourite Things

Part 2 - Sending Your Kids to Study Abroad and the Homestay Industry with Jennifer Wilson from the Canada Homestay Network

This is part two of our conversation with Jennifer Wilson, the Managing Director of the Canada Homestay Network. As relationship experts, they are not only working with you as a homestay host, but also juggling relationships with agencies, student's parents, and of course, the students themselves. However, in this episode, we hear how Jennifer's role reverses by sharing her experience of being a parent sending her daughter to study abroad. Plus, we discuss the future of the homestay industry, and dive more into common issues that hosts might navigate through during their homestay hosting journey. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

25 MIN3 w ago
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Part 2 - Sending Your Kids to Study Abroad and the Homestay Industry with Jennifer Wilson from the Canada Homestay Network

Part 1 - Homestay Expertise and Building Relationships with Jennifer Wilson from the Canada Homestay Network

How do you build a successful relationship with homestay students? You ask the experts. In this episode, we chat with Jennifer Wilson, the Managing Director of the Canada Homestay Network. As a second-generation leader of the Canada Homestay Network, Jennifer is passionate about creating opportunities for building relationships and believes that homestay offers a unique opportunity for all of us to break down cultural barriers and make the world a smaller place. In part one of this two-part interview, we learn about this non-profit society, discuss common issues hosts go through, and how the process for matching students with hosts works. We learned a lot during this conversation and we hope you do too! So grab something to take notes with and maybe a good cuppa tea or coffee and let's settle in with Jennifer Wilson. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instag...

38 MINSEP 23
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Part 1 - Homestay Expertise and Building Relationships with Jennifer Wilson from the Canada Homestay Network

Back to School and Navigating Airports

So with summer here in the Northern Hemisphere fading away, it signals the time for back to school. Which means previous students have left and new students are arriving. What does that mean for your family? Students arrive all throughout the year, but summer and September are the high seasons for student arrivals. In this episode, we talk through what has happened in our homestay lives since our last episode, what is to come for the new school year, and how nerve-wracking it can be for students who navigate airports all on their own. What has your experience been during the summer or this new school year? We'd love to hear about it, so please email or message us! Now, let's get to the stories. We share a summer worth of travel through Erin's family getaway and Mary's solo travel experience. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Fa...

44 MINSEP 16
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Back to School and Navigating Airports

Summer Hiatus

We are taking a couple weeks off to be out in the sunshine, experience a little bit of travelling, and visiting family, so no new episodes this week. In the meantime, I just wanted to pop in quickly and say thank you for subscribing to the show and we will be back in time for the upcoming school year - before August is finished. Time to already think about your upcoming students arriving for the new school year... Or perhaps you are doing a quick short stay placement in August. Or enjoying a student free summer... Whatever it is you are doing this time of year, we hope you enjoy it and just keep going! Have fun! Talk soon! For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

2 MINJUL 29
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Summer Hiatus

World Student Day with Languages Canada

What if we had a day to celebrate our world's diversity by bringing the world to your doorstep? Well you're in luck. World Student Day is on July 26th, 2019. This free public event is happening across Canada brought to you by Languages Canada, the voice of the Canadian language education sector. On today's episode, we bring you Felicity Borgal and Linda Auzins from Languages Canada. Felicity has been with Languages Canada for over six years and she is now the Officer for Research and Special Projects. This is the sixth year that Felicity has coordinated the World Student Day event in Canada. Linda was the first employee of Languages Canada and she’s been involved with the evolution of standards for language programs, especially those around homestay. Linda is often consulted when there are issues with homestay hosts. So listen in on how World Student Day impacts the students you host and how you can join in on the free fun if it's hosted in your city. Then listen in on how Language...

36 MINJUL 22
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World Student Day with Languages Canada

Impact and Benefits for Your Kids

Homestay families can be any structure you can think of. Older couples with room in their home, singles, parents with or without kids; as long as you have a spare room and are welcoming to people into your home, you can host! However, if you have kids, hosting students can really be a way to include teachable moments for your own children. There's a whole world that opens up for your kids. Whether it's the global community or the little world within a child's mind, people grow more fully with an expanded mindset when the world is at your doorstep. In this episode, we take a look at how students have impacted our own children and the benefits that come along the way. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

41 MINJUL 15
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Impact and Benefits for Your Kids

How to Start Hosting International Students Today

Hot town, summer in the city! This time of year is perfect for heading outside, exploring our natural playground, and taking in all the great summer events that are ideal to be a tourist in your own hometown with your international student. If you've been wanting to get your feet wet with becoming a homestay host, this is the ideal time. It's when students are travelling during the school break or have summer holidays with their school groups. International programs are usually in high demand for great host families. So take the plunge and get started hosting. Listen in and we'll show you how! For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

35 MINJUL 8
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How to Start Hosting International Students Today

Latest Episodes

10 Steps of Culture Shock

Culture shock can come in many different forms, not just language for international students. From food, to hygiene, and even the way people dress. It's not about what each culture is doing right or wrong, but about how things are done and are acceptable in different countries. Culture shock can be entertaining and fascinating to new students at first, but then it could also lead to confusion, feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and disoriented, which could induce homesickness. So what is this cycle and what signs are we looking for? In today's episode, we go through the 10 steps of culture shock and how it's all part of being a homestay host to international students studying abroad. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

35 MIN18 h ago
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10 Steps of Culture Shock

Cultural Expectations with Master Homestay Host Tatiana Robertson

When you decide to host international students in your home, it's not an easy decision, especially if this is your first time. And even if you have hosted before, sometimes you've got to weigh the pros and cons. There are so many details that could be overlooked and really, you don't know what you don't know. So we tapped into the knowledge of Tatiana Robertson, who has hosted short and long term students from all over the globe for over seven years. In today's episode, we chat with Tatiana, whom Erin crowned the Master Host Mom, not once, but twice in our conversation. Hear her tips on what to do when your student first arrives at your home. She dives deep into responsibilities and obligations as a host and how cultural expectations play a major role in the success of your homestay experience. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen...

55 MIN1 w ago
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Cultural Expectations with Master Homestay Host Tatiana Robertson

Erin & Mary's Favourite Things

EWhat are some of your favourite things? Things to indulge in, to keep you calm, or things that you love and won't give up. What can't you live without? In this episode, we go through some of our favourite things. Whether they are student-related or personally loved by us, we share what keeps our hearts-a-flutter. Full disclosure, there's a lot of food-related items. So get to know us and then let us know if you love the same things. Or if you have something that we need to know about. Maybe one of our future favourite things is actually one of yours that we don't know about yet. So please let us know what you love to keep your life buzzing. Email us or find us on Instagram! We'd love to know. Thanks! For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

43 MIN2 w ago
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Erin & Mary's Favourite Things

Part 2 - Sending Your Kids to Study Abroad and the Homestay Industry with Jennifer Wilson from the Canada Homestay Network

This is part two of our conversation with Jennifer Wilson, the Managing Director of the Canada Homestay Network. As relationship experts, they are not only working with you as a homestay host, but also juggling relationships with agencies, student's parents, and of course, the students themselves. However, in this episode, we hear how Jennifer's role reverses by sharing her experience of being a parent sending her daughter to study abroad. Plus, we discuss the future of the homestay industry, and dive more into common issues that hosts might navigate through during their homestay hosting journey. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

25 MIN3 w ago
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Part 2 - Sending Your Kids to Study Abroad and the Homestay Industry with Jennifer Wilson from the Canada Homestay Network

Part 1 - Homestay Expertise and Building Relationships with Jennifer Wilson from the Canada Homestay Network

How do you build a successful relationship with homestay students? You ask the experts. In this episode, we chat with Jennifer Wilson, the Managing Director of the Canada Homestay Network. As a second-generation leader of the Canada Homestay Network, Jennifer is passionate about creating opportunities for building relationships and believes that homestay offers a unique opportunity for all of us to break down cultural barriers and make the world a smaller place. In part one of this two-part interview, we learn about this non-profit society, discuss common issues hosts go through, and how the process for matching students with hosts works. We learned a lot during this conversation and we hope you do too! So grab something to take notes with and maybe a good cuppa tea or coffee and let's settle in with Jennifer Wilson. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instag...

38 MINSEP 23
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Part 1 - Homestay Expertise and Building Relationships with Jennifer Wilson from the Canada Homestay Network

Back to School and Navigating Airports

So with summer here in the Northern Hemisphere fading away, it signals the time for back to school. Which means previous students have left and new students are arriving. What does that mean for your family? Students arrive all throughout the year, but summer and September are the high seasons for student arrivals. In this episode, we talk through what has happened in our homestay lives since our last episode, what is to come for the new school year, and how nerve-wracking it can be for students who navigate airports all on their own. What has your experience been during the summer or this new school year? We'd love to hear about it, so please email or message us! Now, let's get to the stories. We share a summer worth of travel through Erin's family getaway and Mary's solo travel experience. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Fa...

44 MINSEP 16
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Back to School and Navigating Airports

Summer Hiatus

We are taking a couple weeks off to be out in the sunshine, experience a little bit of travelling, and visiting family, so no new episodes this week. In the meantime, I just wanted to pop in quickly and say thank you for subscribing to the show and we will be back in time for the upcoming school year - before August is finished. Time to already think about your upcoming students arriving for the new school year... Or perhaps you are doing a quick short stay placement in August. Or enjoying a student free summer... Whatever it is you are doing this time of year, we hope you enjoy it and just keep going! Have fun! Talk soon! For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

2 MINJUL 29
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Summer Hiatus

World Student Day with Languages Canada

What if we had a day to celebrate our world's diversity by bringing the world to your doorstep? Well you're in luck. World Student Day is on July 26th, 2019. This free public event is happening across Canada brought to you by Languages Canada, the voice of the Canadian language education sector. On today's episode, we bring you Felicity Borgal and Linda Auzins from Languages Canada. Felicity has been with Languages Canada for over six years and she is now the Officer for Research and Special Projects. This is the sixth year that Felicity has coordinated the World Student Day event in Canada. Linda was the first employee of Languages Canada and she’s been involved with the evolution of standards for language programs, especially those around homestay. Linda is often consulted when there are issues with homestay hosts. So listen in on how World Student Day impacts the students you host and how you can join in on the free fun if it's hosted in your city. Then listen in on how Language...

36 MINJUL 22
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World Student Day with Languages Canada

Impact and Benefits for Your Kids

Homestay families can be any structure you can think of. Older couples with room in their home, singles, parents with or without kids; as long as you have a spare room and are welcoming to people into your home, you can host! However, if you have kids, hosting students can really be a way to include teachable moments for your own children. There's a whole world that opens up for your kids. Whether it's the global community or the little world within a child's mind, people grow more fully with an expanded mindset when the world is at your doorstep. In this episode, we take a look at how students have impacted our own children and the benefits that come along the way. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

41 MINJUL 15
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Impact and Benefits for Your Kids

How to Start Hosting International Students Today

Hot town, summer in the city! This time of year is perfect for heading outside, exploring our natural playground, and taking in all the great summer events that are ideal to be a tourist in your own hometown with your international student. If you've been wanting to get your feet wet with becoming a homestay host, this is the ideal time. It's when students are travelling during the school break or have summer holidays with their school groups. International programs are usually in high demand for great host families. So take the plunge and get started hosting. Listen in and we'll show you how! For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

35 MINJUL 8
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How to Start Hosting International Students Today