Over twenty years ago, I went to a small town in France as an exchange student.  I lived with a local family, trying to adapt to the culture, language and foreign environment.  Forever entrenched in my mind will be the memories of the struggles, successes, fears and smiles that we all shared during our time together.  I believed then what I still believe today, “Building relationships one person or one family at a time can bridge cultures.”  This is what led to me to commit myself to matching local families with international students here on the Monterey Peninsula.

Lisa Leo

Homestay Coordinator