Why Be A Host Family
Serving as a host family will open a whole new world to you and provide a learning experience that will impact your life forever. Opening your heart and home to an international student is a big commitment, but it is also one of the most rewarding experiences. You not only get to help your student learn about the American culture but you also get to learn about their culture as well.
GSC international students come primarily from Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam and Spain, between the ages of 13 and 17. Our international students are not “exchange students”, but rather international students who come to the US for both their high school and university education. Most of our host families host a student for one year, but some host a student for the time their student is in high school. Host family only make a one year commitment. While many of our host families have children at home some of our host families are “retirees” who have raised their own children, but enjoy having children in the home.
Host Family Responsibilities
Host Families invite the student to become a part of their family for a year. Showing the same love and compassion for your international student as you would for your own child is an important quality we look for in any host family.
The student will need a room, comfortable bed and a desk and lamp for studying purposes. Students need 3 meals a day, but school lunch is sometime provided by the school. The host family also treats their student as a family member, including them in activities, excursions and household chores, etc. Student sometimes need help in adjusting to the American culture, meeting new people, developing their English skills and sometimes help with homework.
If you are interested in opening your heart and home to an international student we would love to speak with you more. Host Families come in all shapes and sizes and we would love to consider your family for one of our students.