Our International Student Program students prefer our program because our students live within the local community with Host Families. The Host Family program has the international student live in their home for the duration of the school year (10 months). When you go on vacation over the holidays, they go with you; when you go out to the beach with your family, when you go to mass or church, they go with you; they are now your family too!. The host family makes sure the student gets to and from school, is involved at school as well as within the local community. The host family accepts the student(s) into their home as one of their own. Before long, the international students soon realize they now have an American family. Our families celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. The international students truly get immersed into the American culture in every way. The host families become involved in this program because they want to teach someone from another country the culture and traditions of the American people; they also want to learn about the international students’ culture and traditions. Below are some comments from Host Families and their experience:
“We intended to teach the student about American culture and tradition…we had no idea that we would learn more from our new “children” than we were able to teach”.
“This is the most rewarding program I have been involved in…I love it…I am tired, I am busy but I love it. It is hard to imagine him not a part of our family.”
“…this has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made in my life…my advice to new host families: treat them as your own and you can’t go wrong…”
Our students are involved in a wide range of activities from athletics to community service, so please don’t become involved in the Host Family program if you think it is going to be easy: it’s not easy!. It is time consuming, exhausting, busy, but delightfully rewarding.
Your child becomes a part your family, sharing in the holiday traditions, birthday celebrations, traveling and yes, family chores. The host family is to treat the international student as one of their own…and the international student treats you as their parent(s). Just as you would your own child, immerse your student into the American culture: holidays, church, family traditions and yes, even chores. Even daily and weekly chores are a part of learning the culture. The child may not think so at first, but they see that everybody in the family pitches in and before long, it just becomes habit.