Frank Innes from the Rotary Club of Towanda spoke about his clubs experiences with sponsoring students for Youth Exchange.  Maggie Post (a former YE student) spoke about her exchange to Thailand.  She had a really hadrd time at first in Thailand because of the language barrier and she felt lost without having the ability to cnnect with people through communication.  She learned that shared language did not have to be the basis for a connection with someone.
Christmas was difficult for her because it is a Buddhist country but she made a decision to share the gifts her family sent her with her host family.  It helped her to realize that she could connect her culture to theirs.  A home doesn't have to be your house or your school but you can bring your energy and yourself anywhere to make a home.