This thesis explores perspectives of 30 women hosting international students in a rural, coastal town in Costa Rica through an International Studies lens — interdisciplinary, critical, and bridging theory and practice. Analysis of 30 semi-structured interview sessions, which included 2 questionnaires, conducted over 10 weeks living with 3 host mothers contributes to understanding the impact of study abroad on host families. Hosting is discussed as a preferred form of paid care work in that it is flexible and enjoyable. Women host for the income as well as for the joy of mothering students. Host perspectives are shared regarding benefits and challenges of and lessons learned from hosting. Recommendations are made for homestay program administrators and international educators, including recommendations for addressing power dynamics to ensure reciprocal exchanges.
|Advisor:||Yarris, Kristin E.|
|Commitee:||Braun, Yvonne, Moore, Caroline V.|
|School:||University of Oregon|
|Department:||Department of International Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Oregon|
|Source:||MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Latin American Studies, International Relations|
|Keywords:||Homestay, Host families, International education, International studies, Study abroad, Tourism|
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