- BASICS: Host families provide room, board (three meals daily), and warm hospitality. If your family eats out, you would also pay for the student’s meals, but students have spending money for snacks and meals out with their peers.
- ROOMING: Students must have their own bed in a non-common area (must have a door for privacy). Students may share a bedroom with a child of the same gender, of a similar age.
- FAMILY COMMITMENT: All members of host family must be willing to include their visitor as a family member, with the same expectations as for the other children in the home. It is especially important that the children in the host family be ready to welcome a visitor who will be dependent on them for companionship and inclusion in activities and social circles.
What surprised our family most about hosting was how normal it felt to have another child in the home, the routine was nearly the same as it would be with our two children; it was very simple.
My daughter’s host family is absolutely perfect and I am getting tearful thinking how grateful I am that she was matched with such a good family!
We will never be the same; she is truly PART of our family, our French daughter/sister...we fell in love with her and she with us - it was the most rewarding thing ever!
- PRE-PLANNING: Host family make-up varies greatly; single parents, working parents, host children working, time split between two households, etc. – all can make wonderful host families. Regardless of the composition of the host family, we do recommend planning out the time during the visit so that your student will know what to expect before arrival. This can also be helpful for the host family to determine times/dates that might be especially busy and plan ahead for help from another neighboring family to spend time with the visiting student. For shared household visits, knowing which parent’s house they might be staying at can make the visitor’s adjustment easier and will avoid confusion.