Hosting an international student can be a rewarding experience that will impact your family for years to come. Families are expected to act as the international student’s “family away from home.” The family’s role is to offer a safe, caring, and nurturing environment for these international students and to treat the students just as they would their own children. Conversely the international students are not to look at your relationship as if they are “guests” to be waited on hand and foot. The relationship we are looking for is one of mutual understanding and trust and one in which the homestay students should respect you and your children (if you have children) as they should respect their own family in their home country.
We hope that not only can your homestay student learn much about American culture and lifestyle but that you too can learn much about your student’s culture and way of life. These intrinsic rewards should be first and foremost for you rather than financial considerations.
Host families will be responsible for providing a private bedroom with furnishings , a variety of nutritional, well-balanced meals and transportation to and from school (please note each international student will be provided with a UTA pass.) Hosting an international student is a wonderful opportunity to share and learn about different cultures from around the globe. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Your Responsibilities as a Host Family
- All household members must agree to host a student.
- The compensation for host families varies based on the student, but is usually between $300 – $800 per month. International students are responsible for their own toiletries, clothing, and spending money.
- The host family must provide a clean, friendly and safe living environment.
- The host family’s primary consideration in hosting a student is for the cross-cultural experience and the intrinsic rewards that that would bring.
- The host family must provide the student with a private bedroom complete with a bed, dresser, desk, chair, lamp, bedding, and closet space and full access to a shared bathroom.
- The host family can expect the student to do reasonable household chores but should not expect the student to maintain their house or year, babysit their children, or cook their meals.
- Host family members may invite international student to attend church meetings with the family but should not require such participation.
- Host family members agree to respect the culture and values of their student.
- The host family will provide a variety of nutritional, well-balanced meals two times a day as well as daily snacks (AISU will provide a daily school lunch).
- The host family will provide laundry detergent, instructions, and a schedule for the students to do his/her own laundry.
- Host family members are willing and able to involve the student in various activities and outings.
- Host family members do not abuse alcohol or use drugs.
- Host families are under no obligation to provide accommodation for the student’s family. It is recommended that visiting parents arrange hotel accommodations during their visits.
If you wish to participate in our Host Family Program Program, please complete the application. You may email email@example.com with any questions.