We Open Our Homes To Experience The World!
Welcome to Homestay Florida!
Homestay Florida works alongside premier private schools, universities, and language schools within Broward County to provide housing for students with local families. Since 2006, Homestay Florida has contributed to South Florida’s global community by welcoming hundreds of international students from over 20 countries to include China, Japan, S. Korea, Germany, France, Russia, Finland, Israel, Brazil, Columbia, Venezuela, and Norway. We understand and appreciate cultural diversity and have created a program with this in mind. Homestay Florida provides cultural immersion, nurture, and ongoing support to the international students and their host families.
Every student has different needs and expectations when moving abroad, and the adjustment can be challenging. There is a growing number of international students who are requesting the comfort and convenience of living with a host family over apartment living or a boarding school experience. Living with a host family is an attractive, cost-effective alternative to the complicated task of securing acceptable apartment accommodations and maintaining living expenses, while providing students with the same level of privacy and independence. Homestay with an American family has proven an ideal environment to enhance language skills and gain true insight into local customs and culture.
Properly matching students and host families is vital to our success. First, we hand pick our homestay students and carefully select and screen our host families. We then acquire both student and host family detailed profiles in order to filter through only the best. Finally, we take into consideration a home’s proximity to school, student/host family mutual interests, and even student meal preferences in order to qualify an appropriate homestay.
Although many among our host families are multi-cultural, English is the primary language spoken in all of our homes. Both students and host families mutually agree to homestay rules of conduct, responsibilities, and expectations prior to formal student placement.
At Homestay Florida, students are immediately treated as one of the family, and no detail is overlooked!
The following is a “snapshot” as to what we provide:
- Safe and nurturing host families for international students studying in Florida.
- Training and ongoing support for qualified host families.
- Mandate FDLE background checks for all families.
- Provide social events several times per school year.
- Ensure that the general academic needs at school are addressed.
- Provide a local Homestay Florida Guidance Counselor whose mission would be to make certain the student needs are understood and met.
Our student homestay opportunities create memories that will last a lifetime!