When you want to become a host family for international students, it is important to know what are the key aspects that will allow a successful entry into the Red Leaf host family program. Keep in mind that an exchange student is a way to enlarge the family, create a closer bond with each of the members and instill in each of the children in the home the importance of diversity.
4 things you should know if you want to be a host family
- The first thing to consider if you want to be a host family is to have a space available for the student. This means a comfortable room where a student can sleep, do homework, and have some privacy.
- It is essential to guarantee the correct measures of safety, hygiene and cleanliness of the home. Likewise, you must consider that the student’s food will be the host’s responsibility as well, so you will need to plan delicious and balanced meals; this aspect will allow you to get closer to the guest and make him/her feel at home.
- You and your family are locals, so you will be responsible for guiding the student around the city. Take this opportunity to make them fall in love with the city and visit those places that are jewels for the locals and those that for one reason or another are famous all over the world.
- Don’t worry if your home does not speak the student’s native language. To access some of Red Leaf’s academic exchange programs, it is necessary for the student to be able to communicate at a basic-intermediate level in English so that communication between the student and the family will be fluid and will improve over time.