What information do the students receive about the homestay?
Prior to their arrival, the students and host families receive a handbook and a list of our homestay guidelines. Some of the key points include:
Host families are VOLUNTEERS.
They live in all types of American homes.
The student may share a room with a host family child but will have his or her own bed.
American host families vary greatly. Some families are headed by two parents while others are single parent families.
Many of our host families have children; although some do not. Should the student be placed in a home without children or without children whose ages approximate the student's, the student will be introduced to other American teens.
The student will not be treated as a guest, but as a member of his or her host family.
The student will be included in the daily activities of the host family, but since many host parents work, family members may not be available to entertain him or her at all times.
The student is expected to interact and talk with the host family as much as possible.
The student is expected to obey host family rules such as curfew and smoking in the house.