Host Family FAQs

The Homestay Experience

For most students who choose to study in the United States, a homestay experience proves among the most rewarding they’ll ever experience. Not only does it present a unique opportunity for them to experience American lifestyle and culture while pursuing their academic aspirations, it also affords them the opportunity to improve their English language skills. It is a wonderful way for them to meet new friends from all over the world while enjoying the comfort and security of living with a local, caring family.

All participating host families must provide room, three meals per day, and transportation to and from school during weekday classes and on weekends for Homestay Florida sponsored activities. All families are also regularly evaluated by both the student and Homestay Florida.

Homestay Florida has accommodated students from China, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, Serbia, Croatia, and Israel – just to name a few! Homestay Florida strives to make your student hosting experience a memory of a lifetime, and we look forward to making you a valued part of our extended family!

 

Your American Homestay Student

Homestay Florida regularly works in conjunction with international student placement agencies to carefully select all of its students for homestay through a rigorous screening and orientation process. We acquire detailed personal profiles for students and prospective host families alike, and match homestay opportunities accordingly.

 

Host Family FAQs


Student FAQs

 

How can we become a host family?

Prospective host families may complete the online application form to get started. If we receive a placement opportunity and are able to match a student(s) with your family profile, a homestay coordinator will contact you to arrange for an appointment at your home. Qualifying a family for homestay requires an interview, home inspection, program orientation, and criminal background check. If we are able to provide you with a student, you must complete IRS form W-9 and ALL members in your household 18 years of age and older must complete a criminal background check prior to formal student placement. Back

What are the requirements of hosting an International Student?

English must be the primary language spoken in the home, which is essential for students to regularly practice their English conversation skills. Families should provide a safe, warm and friendly environment and include students in family activities. Each student will require wireless internet, their own private bedroom with furnishings (including a desk), along with access to a student-only bathroom (can be shared with another student). The host family must also provide all meals, and school transportation may be provided by the host family (higher stipend) or school bus (if available). Back

What is the monthly stipend amount?

Hosting an international student provides families the opportunity to gain rewarding insights into other cultures, develop memories and friendships that will last a lifetime, all while supplementing their income. The attractive monthly stipend amount will more than cover room, board, utilities and meals and will vary depending upon student transportation requirements. The stipend amount for any proposed homestay opportunity will be offered to you prior to your acceptance. Back

Is the income I receive taxable?

Yes, homestay income is taxable. You will be required to complete IRS tax form W-9 prior to formal student placement. Back

Is Homestay Florida available to assist us with any questions or problems?

Yes, the Homestay Florida team is available 24/7 and no question or concern is too small. We do not micro manage your parenting style and are always available to assist in resolving any misunderstanding or conflicts that may arise. Back

Are we required to provide airport transportation?

Yes. We will provide you with airport arrival and departure information once we receive it from the student. Making the initial pickup special by preparing a welcome sign, bringing balloons, flowers, etc. goes a long way in creating a warm first impression and is genuinely appreciated by our students. Back

Should we provide the student with house rules?

Although all students in homestay formally sign off on a General Rules of Conduct Agreement prior to placement, we do encourage families to clearly and continually communicate house rules and expectations with the student. Back

How long will the student stay with us?

Students are placed into homestay a for semester, school year, or camp session. A homestay placement coincides with the term of a program. Back

What if we determine that hosting an international student is simply not for us once we start?

Not a problem – we always have qualified host families ready for action! Back

What if the student damages something in our home?

All students in homestay formally agree to a General Rules of Conduct Agreement prior to placement and are responsible for reimbursing their families if they cause any damage in the home. Please promptly contact Homestay Florida so that we may assist to immediately resolve. Back

Do we have to provide internet access?

Yes, students will require internet access in your home. Please keep in mind that most students participate in video-driven, online courses that require a reliable, high-speed internet service. Back

How many students can I host at the same time?

For high school placements, families may host more than one student with each having their own bedroom and a private or shared (same gender) bathroom. For camp placements, students may share a bedroom. Back

I am not a native English speaker. Can I be a host family?

Yes, you can host a student. However, English must be the primary language spoken in the home, with emphasis on proper enunciation and grammar. This is essential for students to regularly practice and enhance their English conversation skills. An assessment will be determined during family interview. Back

 

Should you have any questions regarding Hosting or the Registration process,
please feel free to text Beth McMahon at 954.650.3668.

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