For the past two years, Bhutanese students Gaki and Yeshi have studied at Blyth Academy Yorkville, through a scholarship provided by Blyth Education and The Bhutan Canada Foundation. This April, Gaki & Yeshi will complete their studies and head back to Bhutan to pursue their dream of becoming doctors.
In September 2012, two new Bhutanese student scholars will arrive from Bhutan to complete two years of study at Blyth Academy.
The Student Scholar program is made possible in part through generosity of billet families who are willing to provide room and board for these students.
What’s it like to be a billet family? Peyton, the host sister to student scholars Gaki &Yeshi, told us a little bit about her experience.
How did you and your family learn about the billet program through BCF?
P: In March 2010, I went on a volunteer trip to Bhutan. While I was there, I was amazed by the kindness and generosity of the people. It is an incredible country, and when I came home from my two-week journey, I told my parents about my experiences. They wanted to get more involved with Bhutan, and when Sam Blyth told them about the billet program, they were immediately interested.
What has it been like having Gaki and Yeshi live with you?
P: It has been an amazing experience having Gaki and Yeshi living with me. After my brother left for university, I was an only child in my house, but having the girls there was like having two sisters. It has been great being able to show them around my hometown and just hang out with them.
Have you noticed a change in the girls since coming to Canada?
P: I think the girls have changed since coming to Canada. The Canadian and Bhutanese cultures are fairly different so I have noticed that the girls have blended the two cultures. They are more talkative and inquisitive, and enjoy making the most of opportunities.
What do you think living and attending school in Canada has taught them?
P: I think that Gaki and Yeshi have become more open to experiences and more outgoing. They have become more worldly and more open minded. They have also tried new subjects and expanded their interests. I think it has taught them to be more independent and self-confident.
How have you and your family benefitted from hosting Gaki and Yeshi?
P: My family and I have benefitted a lot from having the girls live with us. We have learned so much about Bhutanese culture – a culture full of respect, patience and understanding. It has been amazing discovering our own home city through their eyes and watching them grow into mature young women. We have learned to be more adventurous and grateful for all the opportunities we have.
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