Carolyn and Tony Bryan are hosts in Wolverhampton. This is how they entertained their guest, Mengqian Shi, one weekend in July.
'During a rare moment of summer, I put a hammock up between two trees in the garden for our student to try out. She was so excited as she had never been in one before. She said she had had so many different experiences during her visit that it had far exceeded her expectations. I thought we were just sharing ordinary things with her but she saw these in a different light.
'All the students we have had have just appreciated being part of the family and being treated like any other guest who might visit for the weekend - some going out and about, but lots of cooking and eating together and chatting in between. Nothing has been difficult or complicated.'
Mengqian said: 'It was fun with my host. They are very nice and friendly! They told me lots of their stories about their warm family, friends. My host also taught me how to bake cookies and scones. Lots of new skills and things to learn over the weekend! I really enjoy the visit, and I really enjoy their lifestyle.'
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Tel: 0207739 6292