Indonesian participants of Legacy’s Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Exchange (IULX) arrived in Roanoke for the 10 day Host Family segment of their program in the U.S..
During the week the group visited various environmental and service projects as part of their studies, while on the weekends they travelled with their host families to various family recreation sites around the Roanoke valley. The Indonesians quickly “adopted” their host families, with fond memories for all.
The week passed quickly for the IULX group and when it was time to say goodbye to their host families, Legacy International’s Global Youth Village hosted the Farewell Lunch where each of the participants shared one last meal with their families before saying goodbye.
As a tribute to the good times and as a show of appreciation the team decided to perform a variety of songs for their families, Dea on guitar.
After the performance each participant took turns thanking their families for their hospitality and thanking them for the specific experiences each person had that made it memorable.
Many tears were shed and laughter erupted through the crowd as each person shared their memories of the short time they had with their American family group.
More than 300 Southern Virginia families, companies, and organizations have participated in home hosting and program activities for Legacy’s international visitors since 1994. To get involved, read about our hosting experience.
When asked what their favorite host family moment was, the IULX group had many little stories to share. Enjoy the responses from these enthusiastic youth.