Sharai Mason, a 21 year old student from Alaska, set off for her Teach in a Homestay program in France this spring not quite sure what to expect or how it would go. Her large and tight-knit host family lived in Saint Hilaire de Brethmas near Nimes in the south of France, and like many people at the beginning of their program, she was worried that she might not fit in. But she surprised herself!
Throughout her program, Sharai became close with her host family and their extended family network. “When I set out on this adventure, it was to prove to myself that I was capable. As a small town girl from small town Eagle River, Alaska, waking up in France always shocks me. I have to pinch myself every morning. I’m so grateful to the Fraslin-Bargeton family for their kindness! I always knew I would come to France. I never knew how or when. But here I am. I’m so blessed to be here with so many amazing people.”
Now that her 3 month program is coming to an end, she shares stories and photos from her weekend trips, exploring historical sights and parties with her new French family:
“I’ve met so many wonderful people and seen amazing places. I learned some new things about myself. And now, I’m my trip is coming to its end. I already miss what has been my life in France and the little family & friend unit that we made. I thank them for sharing in my adventure. Thank you to the amazing Bargeton-Fraslin family for all of their kindness and hospitality, they were seriously awesome!!! They have made the past 3 months a time I will never forget and all I can do is thank them from the bottom of my heart”