All of the children in our Latvia Orphan Hosting program deserve a loving host family, but the older children are often left behind or overlooked simply because of their age. However, these kids deserve a chance as much as any child! They’re excited to be chosen by a host family and finally feel loved. These children are eager to step out of their world and create new experiences. For families who host older children, the rewards are immense. Here are reasons to host an older child:
1. They speak more English
Typically the older children can speak some English, and all of them are eager to learn more while they’re hosted in the US.
2. They want to be hosted
Older children in our program choose to be a part of orphan hosting. They understand what they’re missing in life- a family that cares about them. These kids truly want to experience what it’s like to be part of a loving family.
3. They can have more fun!
With older children, you can participate in all kinds of fun indoor and outdoor activities! Some ideas for summer fun include swimming, playing sports, going to amusement parks, and going camping.
4. They can share their culture with you
Older children can share what their life is like back home with you and teach you about Latvian culture. In return, they’re excited to learn about American culture!
5. They need the opportunity for a brighter future
Hosting an older child is an opportunity to positively change their life forever. Because they’re older, there is a sense of urgency for them to find a family to call their own. Hosting helps by building their confidence and giving them hope for a better future.