Host Families

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About EXP Homestay (EXP)
"The EXP team is great to their students and very accommodating to families. They always keep us informed and we've had nothing but wonderful experiences with their students from Denmark and Brazil."
Toni Lietner, Host Family

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.

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What's Required

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:

  • private bedroom
  • bed and bed linens
  • a shared bathroom
  • a desk and wardrobe
  • a window
  • available heating
  • available laundry facilities
  • internet
  • 15 minute walking distance to bus stop

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.



Hosting Tips

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.

Students outside of the home

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.

Conflict and communication

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.

Host Family absences overnight or for longer periods

You must organize alternative arrangements for your homestay student in your absence and obtain approval for these arrangements from AFH.

Student illness

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.

General assistance and cultural adjustments

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.



Prepare Your Home

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.

Create an emergency communications plan
  • You should choose an out of town emergency contact for your family. This person should live in a place that is unlikely to be directly affected by the same event. Let this person know that you have chosen them.
  • Make sure every household member has all telephone numbers and email addresses for that contact as well as each other.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms.
  • Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
  • Have adequate home emergency supplies stored together in a convenient place.
  • Teach all family members and your international student how to call 9-1-1.
  • Make sure each responsible family member knows how and when to turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches. Keep necessary tools next to the switches.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to your children about preparing for different types of disasters. Kids are better able to handle the stress of a crisis when they know what to expect.
Have two pre-identified meeting places
  • Choose a specific outside location on or very near your property in case of a sudden emergency, like a house fire.
  • Pick a place outside your neighborhood in case you can’t return home. Everyone should know the address and phone number and how to get there. Having a set meeting place away from your home will save time and minimize confusion should your home be affected or the area evacuated. You may even want to make arrangements to stay with a family member or friend in case of an emergency.
Practice and maintain your plan and supplies
  • Recharge your fire extinguisher(s) as needed. Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions on the cylinder.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly. Change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Periodically check the condition of escape equipment from upper stories of a building or home.
  • When you change your clocks in the spring and fall, check your emergency supplies, batteries and practice your fire and evacuation drills.
  • Replace stored water and food to keep them fresh.