L&F works with local language teachers, as well as past host families and personal friends, to find new families who are willing to open their hearts and homes to a visiting student or teacher.
Application process for families wishing to host:
Step 1: Application
Check the Dates & Locations link to see if a group will be arriving in your area. If there is a particular group you are interested in, you can include the ID number when you register (starts with “AG..: ) but it’s fine to leave that field blank.
Complete the application online
Note: You will be asked to write a short letter of introduction to your visitor and include a family photo. This information will be sent to your visitor when he/she is notified of the match, just as you will receive his/her letter and photos.
Step 2: Reference Checks & Home Visit
Once your application is received, your references will be contacted and a home visit will be arranged, by your local language teacher or another L&F coordinator in your area. The purpose of the home visit is to meet in person to go over any questions that your family might have about hosting. It is also a chance for us to confirm that the student will be in a safe environment and to verify that they will have a bed to sleep in during their stay.
Note: Matches can not be finalized until this step is complete.