My second family


by Goddess - HCE Mentor

I’m Goddess, a 19 year-old programmer. I’ve started my own programming company, I enjoy seeking new challenges, and I love traveling to places I’ve never been. I’ve always been interested in China and I want children of my own someday, so the HCE program seemed like the perfect fit for me. I’m really close with my family back home, and it’s great to feel like a part of a second family even while traveling abroad.

I’ve always been interested in China and I want children of my own someday, so the HCE program seemed like the perfect fit for me.

I love helping my host family progress with their English skills, and they’ve taught me some Chinese. My host mom even took me to Dongmen, a huge shopping area in Shenzhen, and taught me how to barter like a local! Living with and helping out with a family has taught me a lot about raising children, and I think it’s been very helpful for my host family too. When I arrived, my host brother misbehaved frequently and my host mother admitted that she doesn’t know how to discipline him. I asked her if I could help, and she was very grateful. The next day, when he snuck up and hit me in the head with a toy, I took it away and placed it where he couldn’t reach. That was the last time he hit his mother or me! He’s become much nicer since I arrived, and I love playing with him. I’ve always known that I want kids someday and this is a glimpse of the happiness a family can bring. For anyone who loves travel, kids, and the warmth of family life, I highly recommend trying the HCE program.

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