Our Story

Dear friends,

As some of you know, Keith and Mandy hosted an exchange student during the fall of 2009. In August 2009, we went to the Lincoln airport to pick up a tall, blonde German teenager. It was kind of weird bringing this person back to our home to live for a semester. How do you go about communicating what your life is like and what your days involve, to someone who is trying to understand English? It was a challenge for about 2 days… it was strange for a few weeks and then it was incredible for the next 6 months. Kerstin is one of the best things that has ever happened to us. In 6 short months, she became a huge part of our lives. Our boys now have an older sister and we have a daughter. We learned what it is to step outside of your “comfort zone” and welcome someone else into your family. We shared the good and bad for 6 months and walked away with a treasure.

Our experience was so great that we decided to become more involved with the organization. Mandy has trained and is now a Local Coordinator for Academic Year in America. Her job starts with her finding families in the Lincoln area that are willing to take a leap of faith and host an exchange student into their homes and lives. Would you please take a few minutes and consider if this is something that you are interested in? If not, do you know of someone who would be a great host? Once approved by AYA, we can search the applicants to find the right fit for your family (i.e. tennis, baseball, music, girl or boy). There are a lot of great students just waiting for the right family, we would love to help you find yours. For more information, please contact me by email or phone (435-8650) AYA also has a great webpage at www.academicyear.org with tons of information and student listings. One of them may be your Kerstin 🙂

Keith and Mandy Mandachit