In LA at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, kids and families were met with warm weather and friendly faces. Before beginning the activity of the day, kids were able to work on arts and crafts together and bond with their friends, swapping stories of their experiences in Los Angeles.
As the kids and families geared up for the hike, everyone was encouraged to apply sunscreen and grab some water bottles – requests that everyone was glad to adhere to, given the brilliant sunshine! Then they were off on a short hike, featuring magnificent views of Los Angeles.
Even a short hike in LA can be tiring, given the typically warm weather. Fortunately, sandwiches and snacks awaited the adventurers upon their return! Families and kids alike were more than happy to end the event by resting and enjoying their meals.
When asked what she thought of the event, Jo Moyer, LA Community Coordinator, described it as “remarkable, because I get a chance to interact with the kids and even though there’s that language barrier, it didn’t matter ‘cause we were out on a hike enjoying something together, enjoying nature.” Jo also expressed gratitude that food would be waiting for the hikers when they arrived back at the park!
The kids being hosted in LA from Colombia are a spirited and enthusiastic bunch! Each one brought their best energy to the hike and contributed to the vibrance of the day.
In SoCal, Janel and Mike are currently hosting 14-year-old Alexandra, who they describe as “easy to host and easygoing.” Janel especially enjoys the time she’s spending teaching Alexandra to swim, stating that she loves when Alexandra is purely having fun. In those moments, Janel says, “what brings me the most joy is when I see her let go and laugh and smile… I feel like I can really look inside of her when that happens and see who she really is.”