What is a host family?
Inviting an international student to live in your home and experience life in America with your family creates a connection that will last a lifetime.
As a host family, you will offer a high school student the opportunity to study at Melbourne Central Catholic High School, experience a new culture, build lifelong friendships, and develop language leadership skills that will serve them throughout their lives. Being a part of this program gives international students the opportunity to make new friends, experience the family life and contribute to a greater understanding of other cultures by education Americans about their own country.
While host students exude appreciation for their hosts, host families say the arrangement is mutually beneficial-they get to meet and befriend new and interesting people from all over the world, exposing themselves and their families to different cultures and ideas and creating lifelong bonds along the way. By becoming a host family, you can give a high school student an opportunity to enjoy a positive, life-changing experience.
What do host families provide?
Host families provide a bedroom, wireless internet access, most meals, local transportation (including to and from school) and an open environment to share customs and cultures.
What is a host family day like?
During the week, students will be in school. Weekends and free time can be spent as you determine. You may choose to show your international student around the area, participate in normal family activities, or relax at home. Many of the international students will be taking advanced level course work and will require adequate time for study.
Do the international students have responsibilities?
Our international students are expected to adapt to the host family's lifestyle and ground rules as well as participate in family activities. Our international students know this program is not a trip or a vacation, but an academic home stay that requires work and effort which will result in learning. Students are expected to help out with family chores.
What kind of support will MCC give the host family and student?
A host family coordinator will provide a positive experience for both the host family and student. A host family will go through an orientation prior to the arrival of the international student. The coordinator will visit the host family and student throughout the academic year and will be available should any concerns arise. Additionally, the coordinator will work closely with the faculty and staff at MCC to assist and support the student's academic progress. MCC provides the host family a monthly stipend to help offset the family costs. The stipend is paid on the last working day of each month.
Do the international students have their own health insurance?
Yes. All the students in the international program are required to carry their own insurance. MCC has arranged to have two doctors and a dentist accept these students as patients should the need arise. The primary care physicians are pre-arranged. The host family will be required to coordinate medical appointments and provide transportation to and from the appointments, just as their own child.