"Great news! AFS- Chile has just provided us with information about your Permanent Host Family Placement!"
I freaked out a little bit (no, a lot bit) and ran downstairs. It was, in fact, the host family I had been contacted by via facebook a few weeks prior. It didn't exactly give me a lot of information, but I have a dad, mom, 15 year old sister (Paula) and 21 year old brother (Diego). I'm in the process of writing them an email to learn more about their family. They say they have an indoor dog,and occupation is listed as "contractor". I'll let you know more when I find out more.
- Leo has officially arrived and had his first day of school today. We're all getting along very well.
- My FBI background check came back from the FBI on Saturday! We keep missing the mailman but I'm planning on picking that up tonight.
- I'm still compiling the necessary documents for my student visa. Today i took some very ugly passport pictures.
April, sometime: submit pre-application
August 5th: in-home interview
August 14th: submit full application to AFS-USA (with Chile as my first choice)
September 6th: Accepted by AFS-USA (after some confusion regarding my interview)
November 26th: Accepted by AFS-Chile
January 20th: Official, permanent host family!
As you can see, there is a lot of time spent waiting. I've learned that every email from AFS probably has good news in it. Patience is important during this process--for example, AFS said that Chile would accept or deny my application in 6-8 weeks, and it turned out to be more like 10 weeks. However, I'm sure that many students going to Chile don't have host families yet, so I feel special that I was picked by a family. It does make you feel a little special inside :)
Another detail: for those of you that don't know, my school, Madison West, ended their semester January 21st. That left an awkward 4 weeks between the end of the semester and my departure date. After numerous meetings with my counselor, we worked out a plan where I'm working on a computer science related independent study in the mornings and volunteering at a local elementary school in the afternoons. It's nice, because then I stay involved at school and can go to my clubs at lunch, but not have to attend "real" school. It's a good solution.
I think that's all for now.
PPPS: I wrote two smiley-faces in this blog post. Don't judge.