Are you interested in an international program that focuses exclusively on American culture and home life, while greatly improving English language skills, the Individual Homestay Program is the right choice.
Individual teens and adults (15 and older) become members of an American family and get to know U.S. culture firsthand through a true immersion experience. Participants are placed with a carefully-screened, volunteer host family that provides a safe environment. This program is suitable for mature participants who are comfortable traveling to the host community on their own and having unstructured time throughout their stay. Programs may be two to eight weeks in length.
You should be prepared to spend quality time with host families, partaking in family activities and eating meals in the home. How fun!
What is Included?
- Room and board with volunteer American host families
- Transfer to and from the nearest airport
- Support letter for a tourist visa (if required)
- Certificate of completion, upon request
- Support of a Sponsor Local Coordinator
What Is Not Included?
- Accident and medical insurance (may be added at an additional cost)
- Meals and entertainment outside of the host family home
- Pocket money for personal expenses
- Optional activities or program add-ons
High School Visit
Sample the American high school experience! Three to five days per week, participants observe classes at a school in their host community. This program is not available in Alaska, California, or Hawaii, and is for a maximum of four weeks, between September and May.
Share your own culture and language with your host family! During the program, international participants will set aside three to five hours each week to tutor a host family member in their native language. Participants must be at least 18 years old or this program, and can also extend the program for up to 12 weeks.
Make a difference while practicing your English and making American friends! Participate in a volunteer experience with environmental, humanitarian, or educational organizations while living with an American host family.