From my discussions with other DIS students it is clear there is a wide variety of experiences among those staying with host families. Some families, the ones I have nicknamed the Careers (after The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Excellent Trilogy FYI), have been hosting students for many years and have a robust set of rules and expectations. Others, like mine, are Freshies hoping to find something new and exciting in hosting a student. Some families treat their students as any family might in the states: they are expected to participate in family affairs, contribute to the household, and do their part to be a helpful member of the house. Others live like royalty, having anything they want provided without exertion or forced participation in family affairs. I cannot lie: my family definitely falls closer to the lavish side than not.
Case in Point: Tonight Andreas went to fetch some ice cream from 7/11 because Trine and he have quite the sweet tooth. While he was gone I migrated from the table to the couch where I took up a comfortable position to do some economics reading. Shortly after he came home, she walked over and handed me a bowl of ice cream. I didn’t even have to move. Then she brought me a Chocolate Turtle, a very popular Danish candy. Not long after she reclaimed my bowl, again filling it with the other two ice cream flavors (did I mention they have a sweet-tooth?). When I finished this bowl I placed it on the floor to finish reading, and Trine came and scooped it up to put in the dishwasher. The entire time I did not move from my comfortable position stretched out on the couch!
Anyway, just thought it was interesting. Don’t think I’m abusing it though, anyone who claims to know a thing about me knows I feel lame every time something like that happens. So I volunteer to help out whenever I can 🙂