Meet one of EC San Diego’s best host family’s, Sam and Anna Martinez!
Anna and I have lived in the University City area for over thirty years and have just recently celebrated our 40th anniversary together. We have three grown children; Adam, Matthew, and Sarah, plus seven grandchildren. We have been hosting students for the last 25 years with EC San Diego home stay program , and the school that was here before EC. The students were always a great addition to our home, as our children adapted well to them and looked to them as brothers and sisters.
One thing I like about hosting, aside from the relationships formed, is the opportunity to see the students grow and improve their English skills. I keep reminding them to “Think in English” and they really take that to heart. It’s so cool to see them grow with each passing day. Living with a host family is a great way to enhance your ESL classes in San Diego.
As far as tips for other host families, I believe as host parents we all have our own way of making the students time with us a memorable and pleasant experience. For Anna and I, the experience begins the day they arrive in our home. One thing I like to do is give them a complete tour of the surrounding areas. For example, I show them the bus route to the school, where to shop and eat, and of course the beaches. After we take a trip through downtown, it’s back home to go over the rules of their new home, from where things are in the kitchen, to how to use the washer and dryer. We cover everything they may need to know all on that first day. In the end I tell them that this is now their house and to treat it with respect and love.
We initially started hosting as a way to earn a little extra money, but soon realized that the friendships we made and the experiences we had with these students from all over the world were priceless. To this day we still stay in touch with some of them and have even hosted their friends and relatives. Anna and I have had a wonderful experience hosting students from many parts of the world and we will continue to do so for as long as we can.
Thank you for all you do, Sam and Anna!
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