At AHLI, we match American host families with international middle and high school students for the best experience. We understand the importance of providing a safe and secure environment, that’s why we only place students with warm and caring Christian host families. This provides for personal growth and social development as well as the opportunity to learn about American culture and hone English language skills.
We work with different types of host families – young families with or without children and middle-aged couples as well as retirees. Some of our partner schools operate their own internal homestay programs. These schools have significant experience with homestay programs and typically recruit host families from within the school community.
Host families and students can create bonds that last a lifetime. Watch this video to get a glimpse of the fun and friendship they share as they blend their lives and cultures as one family.
Host Family Responsibilities
The host family treats their student as a family member – involving them in activities, excursions and household chores. A monthly stipend is paid to the host family to offset expenses related to hosting the student.
Students are provided with the following:
- Bedroom with study area and access to WiFi
- Three balanced meals a day for middle and high school students, two for adults
- Transportation to school for middle and high school students
- Assistance with shopping, doctor visits, emergency care, etc.
HOST FAMILY REQUIREMENTS
Every host family has to pass a criminal background check, and an interview as well as a home inspection conducted by AHLI. The home should be located within reasonable distance from our partner school in order to provide easy transportation for the student.
AHLI is here to support both the host family and the student, and to act as a mediator should a situation arise. Our coordinators are available to assist students and host families in the adjustment process and throughout the course of the student’s stay in America. They are available 24/7 for emergency assistance.
Like mentors, the coordinators meet the students regularly to ensure they are progressing well academically and socially. A progress report is also prepared to update the students’ parents on a monthly basis. AHLI, host families and school personnel provide an important support system to ensure student success.
Become a Host Family
If the role of a host family excites you, please connect with us!