How old are the students coming to the U.S.?

The typical ages for students on our program are 13 to 18.


Can students share a bedroom?

Yes! Students can share a bedroom with other students or host family siblings of the same gender. No more than three students/host siblings can be in one room and each student/child must have his/her own bed or air mattress.


Do the students speak/understand English?

Yes! All of our students have studied English and their levels range from basic to fluent. They are here to practice and develop their English competency while experiencing American culture.


How many students can I host at one time?

You can host up to four students from any program.


Do the students speak/understand English?

Yes! All of our students have studied English and their levels range from basic to fluent. They are here to practice and develop their English competency while experiencing American culture.


Are the students insured?

Yes. All participants in EF Educational Homestay Programs are required to carry medical and travel insurance prior to departing their home country. Most students purchase insurance through EF and travel with an insurance ID card.


Are host families paid?

No, our families are volunteer host families. If this is preventing you from hosting, please contact your local program leader.


Am I supposed to be with the students 24/7 while they are here in the U.S?

No. We have structured our programs to align nicely with families/individuals who work during the week. Students participate in classes and activities from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the work week. Evenings and weekends are typically spent with their host families.


Can I pick my own student?

Yes. Host families are fully involved in selecting their students by reviewing student profiles. We want you to find students that best match your family hobbies and lifestyle.


Can I contact my student(s) before they visit the U.S.?

Yes. Once you are officially matched with your student, you will receive their preferred contact information, email, Skype name, etc. We encourage all families to reach out to their student prior to arrival. Describe your home, your family, even your pets. It's a great way to heighten your cultural experience and ease the transition for you and the students coming to the U.S.


Who do I contact if something happens with my student?

Our staff offers 24/7 support when the students are here visiting. You will receive all proper staff and emergency contact information during a mandatory host family orientation.


I don't have any children at home, can I still host?

Of course! Our host families come in all shapes and sizes; single-parent households, empty-nesters, single professionals, families with small children or with teenagers.


Do I pay for the students when they are here?

No. Students prepay for their program and always bring spending money. You are welcome to treat your student when you feel it is appropriate (family dinners at restaurants, family outings, etc.) but you are not expected to pay for their stay. The student is part of your family during their visit, but should be expected to pay for activities unless you discuss it with them beforehand.


Can my son/daughter participate in the program?

Host siblings (and families) are welcome to join certain activities and events during the program. Contact your local program representative to find out which activities are open to host families.


How do my students get to/from school?

For international programs we provide morning and afternoon busing. Families need to drop off and pick up their students at a designated bus stop.


What are the benefits of hosting?

Beyond bringing an amazing cultural experience to your home, just by hosting your and your family can earn community service credits/hours, receive travel rewards and discounts on EF travel programs and get money for referring new host families.

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