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What is Homestay?

Homestay is a cultural exchange between a local individual or family (called a “Homestay Host”) and a visiting International Student who comes to live as a guest in their home while they are a visiting student. 

The purpose of the homestay can be to support the student's desire to improve his or her English-speaking skills, as well as to learn about American culture and lifestyle. Homestay is becoming increasingly popular in America because of the large number of International Students who come to study at American schools, universities and language colleges.

Cultural Exchange

The Homestay experience helps the student understand the culture and customs of the region in which they are studying. The Host assists the Student to become familiar with the local area and customs in a relaxed and friendly household setting. The Student is encouraged to share information about their home country with the Host.

Paid Hosting

During a Homestay, the Host provides the Student with all their basic needs, which generally includes a private bedroom, internet access, meals, and a space to study. Meals can range from one to three per day, by arrangement.

In return, the Host receives a weekly Homestay fee, paid on a regular basis while hosting an international student.

Professional Support

A professional and dedicated Homestay Management Team coordinates the needs of the student and the Host (and often the education institution as well) to create a successful Homestay Hosting experience. 

Services include providing local, national and international support for students while ensuring important safety and security standards and maintenance of clear and responsive communication channels for both Hosts and their student guests.  Your professional Homestay Management Team will be accessible throughout your Homestay Hosting experience.