Joined: May 16, 2005
Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:48 pm
All of those who are descendants of the MacCriomhthainn clan may well be aware that they are holders of a very rare and unique Irish surname. At present the population of our clan (McCrohan, McCrohon, McCrehin, O'Crohan etc) is very low, but amazingly we span the entire globe. We can be found in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, France, South Africa, and Spain. We can also be found at our ancestral home of County Kerry Ireland, and in the other counties of Ireland as well.
With this being the case I believe that it could be possible for a MacCriomhthainn clan Family Exchange program (McFX) to be established.
What is this you ask???
McFX program is cross-cultural exchange program. It is where a MacCriomhthainn clan family hosts a MacCriomhthainn from another country. Since the population of MacCriomhthainn’s is very low (estimated to be less than 2000 worldwide), it is highly possible that this program could be a success for us.
Imagine the possibilities the McFX program could provide:
For example the program could provide a young Irish McCrohan from Galway the opportunity to live a year of their life with a McCrohan family in sunny Australia.
The program could give an American McCrohan family from Texas the opportunity to experience Irish culture by being hosted by a McCrohan family from County Kerry for a week.
The program could even go as far as house sharing, where maybe one family in Ireland or the UK may agree with another family in Australia or the U.S. to swap houses during the holiday period. This kind of exchange would bring huge cost benefits for both families.
There are many great opportunities on offer with the McFX program. For it to be a success it will all depend upon the level of support and trust of the host family.
Host families play a unique role in helping young participants or other families discover daily life in a new country. For example with a student exchange, they welcome the young McCrohan into their homes as a member of the family, rather than as a guest or tourist. In turn, the young McCrohan shares in most daily activities, just as a natural son or daughter. The McCrohan family is responsible for introducing their young exchange person to the family culture (Irish, Aussie, British or American etc) through the normal support of a caring, understanding family. Host McCrohan families provide affection, meals, a bed, and more - just as they would for their own family members.
The way this program will work is that there will be a Family Exchange Program link on the McCrohan.net homepage. This link will take you to McFX webpage. McFX webpage will have two main areas, the McFX list, and a registration link so a family can be placed on the McFX list.
The following is two examples that maybe on the McFX list:
Name:Mr P & Mrs M McCrohon
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Family Description: We are a family of 5, that includes two kids aged 16 & 14 and small dog named Fluffy.
McFX interests: Interested in hosting a McCrohon student (age 13-15) for a 3-month period. We are also interested in building up a relationship with a McCrohon family in Ireland or the UK with a goal of being able to do a 2-week holiday house swap sometime in the future.
Contact method: Email address
Name: Mr B & Mrs S McCrohan
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Family Description: We are a medium sized family with 4 teenaged children. We live in a fairly large 5-bedroom house in a quiet suburban location near the beach.
McFX interests: We are eager to get in contact with a McCrohan family in Ireland that is interested in hosting our 15 year old daughter for a month. In return we are open to host one of your family members as a family exchange. We believe this would a great opportunity for both children involved.
Contact method: Email
The next step from here is for the host family to wait until they receive a reply from someone. Once a reply has been received it is up to the two families involved to workout some kind of arrangement. When arrangements have been agreed and the two families have developed a relationship based on trust they can then go about fulfilling the Family Exchange.
The McFX can also be used to financially help MacCriomhthainn's of all ages to experience life with another MacCriomhthainn family overseas. It does not necessarily have to be exclusive to student exchange; it could also be used as a working holiday for a young adult MacCriomhthainn. Another example could be that a family in Ireland may wish to host a family from Australia for 10 days in one year and then in the following year the Aussie family will host the Irish family in Australia. This way both families will benefit culturally and financially.
I am hoping that we can have the McFX program up and running on the website sometime this year. It may take a couple of years before we have a decent sized McFX list. I believe that in 5 years time the McFX will be a great success story bringing the descendants of the MacCriomhthainn clan closer through these cross-cultural experiences.
I would like to get some feed back from other MacCriomhthainn's of their thoughts and ideas about the McFX program. I would like to hear whether you think it is a good idea or not, or whether you would like to participate as a host family?
Clinton Jerome McCrohan