Frequently Asked Questions


How long will the student be living with my family?
Most long-term exchange students live with two or three host families during their exchange. This means the student may live with you for anywhere between two and six months.

Is it expensive to host a student?
Whilst you will see a rise in your grocery bills, there are no other costs to your family. The student receives $100 pocket money from the club, the club has made arrangements with the school; therefore there are no educational expenses, and the student is insured for any medical expenses.

How will I communicate with the student?
Most students do not speak English as their native language. Whilst most have a reasonable command of English, you will undoubtedly have the chance to help them improve their language skills.

Some anxiety is to be expected if you have never hosted an exchange student. If you have questions, please contact your local Rotary Club to discuss them.

We’re always looking for host families and will be delighted to talk to you.