Interview with Talia


HCE Mentor

Talia arrived Shenzhen, China in August, joining a family with two host brothers and one host sister to lead. A great applicant, Talia was very excited to arrive in her new home, and her host family showed her some great local sights and treated her to delicious local food. Most of all, her host siblings were excited to meet their new mentor.

Talia’s energetic nature makes a perfect match for the three kids. They play lots of ball games and enjoy other physical activities, like hiking and swimming. Talia is a very patient mentor, and even though her kids aren’t perfect, she’s great at guiding them towards good behavior.

When the host parents aren’t home, Talia leads the whole family. She even attends school meetings to learn what she can to help her kids with their schoolwork and classroom behavior. Talia was happy to share her reflections on her first month in Shenzhen: “I’ve noticed the biggest progress with Tiger. His English has really improved, and he listens to me. Elie is slowly starting to open up to me. I think because Julie is constantly by his side and doing everything for him, It’s hard for him to want to spend as much time with me as with her. I’m here to teach and help him adapt to my culture. The day that Tiger started school, I noticed Elie talked a lot more with me and actually let me read him multiple books! I’ve also noticed that Dilisa’s English has really been improving, and she’s opening up to me too. She’s so sweet, and I can see her doing well in the United States.”

I’ve noticed the biggest progress with Tiger. His English has really improved, and he listens to me.

Her host family had nothing but praise for her upon completing her program. Her host mom noticed that her kids were making lots of progress, both in English and with their behavior. She was very happy with the program and saw how much it benefited her children and her family.

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