You may have spent some time already with your home-stay family and perhaps you are really enjoying it. We for instance were positively astonished by the kindness and warmth which was shown towards us. Maybe you have also asked yourself how to show your appreciation to your family.

We have found some answers! As our home-stay mother loves to read crime books and furthermore we talk a lot about books in general, the idea came to our minds to surprise her with a little present. Since there is a flea market at the university center every Thursday you have a good chance of tracking down an appropriate book. And that’s exactly what we did!

Another recommendation we can offer you is to bake a “Zopf” (Swiss Sunday brunch bread) or any other pastry from your country.

Don’t be surprised when your family’s reaction is a response like: You didn’t have to! This is the way how Kiwis demonstrate their modesty. In fact they love to be indulged just as they love to indulge their students.

Article by Miriam and Barbara, students at Languages International
Photo of Zopf by viernullvier