What is expected of a host family?

 

Hosting a student can be an extremely rewarding experience for everyone in the family, yet it is a role that requires a lot of responsibility. Host families are to meet the following expectations:

  • Before the student arrives establish communication with the student.
  • Understand the program rules the student must follow.
  • Know how to contact key Rotarians involved in Youth Exchange in case
  • of an emergency.
  • During the exchange provide a safe and welcoming environment for trust and friendship to develop between the student and your family.
  • Support and make the student feel like a part of the family, with the same privileges and obligations.
  • Gently encourage the student to learn and adopt most of the ways of your household.
  • Provide room and board for the student. All students must have their own bed. If the student must share a room, it must be with a child of the same gender and similar age.
  • Provide a place in the home where the student may study in private.
  • Recognize the student’s birthday and other special occasions.
  • Ensure the student knows how to contact family members, friends, and other support networks.
  • In case of an emergency, know how to access and use the student’s travel insurance policy.
  • Voice any concerns and questions regarding the student to the Rotarian host counselor, including serious homesickness, difficulty adapting to family life or school, or illness.
  • Maintain close contact with the host club and address problems and concerns quickly.
  • Exercise supervisory and parental responsibility to ensure the student’s well being.
  • Encourage involvement in community life by introducing the student to neighbors, friends, and local groups.
  • Teach the student about the local culture and learn about the student’s culture.
  • Advise the student about matters related to school, family, community functions, and friendship. What’s in it for your family?
  • A great way to expose your family to another culture. It’s amazing what you learn from having someone from a different country stay with you.
  • Assist someone learning your language and customs and see your own town and country through their eyes!
  • Often you will build up a friendship with the student you’re hosting that will last a lifetime… A place to visit when on holidays!