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EXP was established to provide safe, quality homes for our international student groups while they are studying in America. Hosting visiting students provides an incredible opportunity to make new friends from around the world and we encourage new hosts to speak with our current families about their past experiences.
We specialize in providing homestays for entire student groups, and would love you to be a part of our family network. Hosting a student can be a lot of fun for families and a great cultural learning experience for everyone involved. We are looking for families who will genuinely enjoy the cultural experience of welcoming a visiting student into their home.
Our next upcoming groups will be visiting from Japan, Denmark, and Brazil! We would love to hear from you, and encourage you to contact us through phone or email so we can answer any outstanding questions you might have.
As a host family, you are compensated for providing students with a welcoming home and comfortable living environment for the duration of their visit. The following guidelines represent a suitable living situation for each student:
Though each student is generally required to have their own bedroom, shared rooms between two students may be considered depending on the groups wishes.
All families are required to supply students with two meals a day during weekdays; Breakfast and Dinner. Lunches are also required to be provided to students on the weekends.
The maximum number of students that can be approved at any one time for each homestay is four.
New hosts are generally surprised how simple it really is. At the end of the day students are guests in your home and are respectful of your specific set of house rules. You will run your household the same as you always have, just with an additional member of the family!
With that in mind, we've put together the following suggestions which you may find helpful throughout the hosting experience.
If your student is going out, ask them where they are going and approximately what time they will be home. If your student is returning home late in the evening remind them to take a taxi, bus, or other public transportation option, rather than walk.
If your student wants to stay out overnight, they should get their home stay family’s approval. If they are permitted to stay out, your student should tell you where they will be staying and leave a contact phone number for you. If your student is planning a trip away with friends, AFH should be notified.
It is suggested that you do not encourage your student to invite friends over to spend the night. If your student is persistent, please refer the matter to your AFH coordinator.
We encourage homestay students to work through issues with their homestay host directly. This is one of the important challenges and cultural learning opportunities presented by the homestay experience. If a serious communication issue arises, please contact AFH who will try to resolve the issue through mediation with both parties.
You must organize alternative arrangements for your homestay student in your absence and obtain approval for these arrangements from AFH.
If your student develops a mild medical condition requiring medical attention, you may need to assist with transport to a medical appointment. If a serious condition arises, requiring medical treatment, it is expected that the AFH will take primary responsibility in communicating with the student’s family and making hospital visits.
As your student is living away from home in a foreign country, the student may need time to adjust. Host families are expected to offer guidance to students with questions concerning general matters such as public transportation, local entertainment, and cultural norms.
Students will also need to adjust to expectations in the home concerning matters such as water, internet or electricity use, communication styles and food. If a serious concern arises, AFH should to be advised.
We encourage you to review these suggestions which can be used to help each member of your family understand what to do during different types of emergencies. In the unlikely event of an emergency situation, this information may help your family to be more prepared for such an event.