Hosting an International Student
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Who can be a host family?
Host families are as different and diverse as Americans themselves. They come from all ethnic, racial, economic, and religious backgrounds. They live in cities, small towns, and rural communities. Host families rang from married couples with kids, empty nesters, single parents, non-traditional families, and married couples. Any person over the age of 25 that will support the student and welcome them into their home and lives can host a student. Any person living in the house who is over the age of 18 submit to a background check.
How will our family benefit by hosting an international exchange student?
Hosting an exchange student is a rewarding experience for your whole family. You’ll learn about another culture and language— without leaving home. You’ll start a life-long relationship with your new son or daughter, and when your student returns home you’ll have a special friend in another country. Members of your family will feel closer to each other through sharing your daily lives with an exchange student. If you have children, they’ll gain a broader perspective on the world, learning more about geography, communication, patients and international cultures while gaining a new respect for their own. If your children are young, they’ll probably love having a big brother or sister from another country. You will be a citizen diplomat, by creating positive impressions about America and Americans, breaking stereotypes and fostering mutual understanding and respect.
What are our responsibilities as host parents?
All that is asked of host families is to care for the students as they would their own children. This means that the families are expected to provide a clean-living environment, good nourishment and love. The students will provide their own spending money for expenses incurred outside of the home; Host families must provide a willingness to open their home and heart to an exchange student; a separate bed and a quiet place to study; daily meals with the family (breakfast and dinner and lunches when they don’t buy one from school); some local transportation; and open communication, encouragement and sound advice.
What is expected of exchange students?
Students are expected to be a responsible, respectful and caring member of the family; to attend school regularly and show consistent effort; to share his/her culture and customs with hosts and their community; to participate fully in family and school life; and to have open communication and a commitment to the program.
Will our exchange student speak English?
All international students who come to the U.S. they are here to learn English, most students have studied spoken and written English. Our students are here to improve English and other degree at higher level. You will find that your student’s English ability will improve remarkably during your months together— Host families find that when they host a foreign student, not only do the students often become more fluent in English but also their hosts get an opportunity for cultural sensitivity training.
What do exchange students do during the day?
All exchange students attend our local English Language School, High School, Universities, Colleges nearest to their families. We want to make sure that you and your family get the most out of this experience. As a student, we offer plenty opportunities for exploring American life style and culture.
It's important to form strong relationships with other international peers here at by taking trips together; whether it be visiting downtown Orlando during their free time (or even better yet - traveling around USA), going somewhere fun like Disney World, Universal Studio, Sea World, Bush Gardens, Aquatica Water Park, Space Kennedy Center, Museums. Maybe spending an evening doing something trendy such as shopping, games and movie and many more fun activities.
Would we be responsible for our student’s medical bills or spending money?
No. International exchange students have their own medical insurance that is covered by the sponsoring program. Students bring their own spending money for shopping, going out to dinner or to the movies with friends, extracurricular activities, etc.
My spouse and I both work, and wouldn’t be home to entertain the student. Wouldn’t this be a problem?
In most two-parent families, both parents work. This is representative of the diversity in America and host families aren't required to entertain students. The exchange of ideas, lifestyles and love with another culture is what host families hope to provide their students.
They should share their ideas with a student from another culture while he or she gets involved with people who come from different backgrounds than theirs it's easy for them get involved into many extracurricular activities that may not only keep boredom at bay but also enhance cultural awareness on both sides!
Can we host more than one student?
Yes, you can host more than one student. If the students are going to share a room, each student have to have their own bed, then they must be the same gender and no more than 2 students may share a room.
Do host families get paid to host an exchange student?
Yes, Family do get pay every month for hosting exchange students.
What kind of Visa do the students receive?
There are two different types of Visas a student can come on. A J-1 and F-1 Visa. With the J-1 visa, students do not pay tuition and families are volunteer host families. Students typically participate in a J-1 program because it is a lower cost to them. With the F-1 Visa programs, students typically pay tuition to the school they attend and families do receive a monthly stipend.
How long do the students stay in my home? What is the hosting time frame?
An international student typically stays for the full academic year (10 months) or for a full semester (5 months). On the F-1 Visa, students may stay from one semester to 4 full academic years. (3 Month, 6 Month, 1 Year, 2 Year and up to 4 Year).
What do I do in an emergency situation?
In the case of an emergency, we have a 24/7 emergency number to call where one of our staff members is always available. We also have local support for each of our families and students.
How will the student get to and from school?
Our Host Family provide drop-off and pickup, and our students can take the bus or uber to and from school, and some students have their own transportation.
My family wants to host! What is the next step?
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U.S. Department of State requires all host family members 18+ living with a foreign exchange student to submit to a criminal background check. Please submit your criminal background check to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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