Let your family enjoy the opportunity of hosting an international student for only short term. Experience international culture without getting on a plane, and let the culture visit your own home. If you family has interest in learning and welcoming new culture into your home by growing your family internationally then becoming a host family for FOA is a wonderful opportunity to expand your cultural awareness.
Homestay families provide the comfort and safety of a family while providing room and board for the student. All families will incorpate them within their family lifestyle, and take them to family or friend gatherings when opportunities are available.
Students will have the chance to learn English through genuine interactions and conversations by staying with host families who live in the Orange County and Los Angeles Country area.
Each family is visited before approval by one of FOA staff Homestay Coordinators. Host families provide two meals a day, a comfortable clean bed, transportation to our facility for ESL, warm family interaction, and much, much more. FOA will provide a Homestay stipen to help provide for some of the cost of your student(s) accomindations and food. Homestay stipen is based on the student's duration of their visit with their host family.
FOA provides a small stipend to help cover some of the cost of food and housing for the international student during their stay in your home. Stipends are based on the duration of their stay per student.
To sign up to become a host family please fill out the form below to apply for our Homestay Program!
Host Family Responsibilities
Host families are repsoncilble for taking care of their students as if they were part of their family. Below is a list of the host family responsibilites:
Host families are responsible for taking care of their students as if they were part of their family. Below is a list of the host family responsibilities:
Providing the student with a safe and friendly home in which to stay in.
Providing a private bedroom with the basic furnishings (bed, desk, lamp, dresser/closet, linens).
Giving students an orientation around the home and the local area.
Provide two-meals weekdays; breakfast and dinner, and includes lunch on Weekends and Holidays.
For dinner time, it is better to prepare meals at home. If you go out, student’s are not responsible to pay for their meal. If you choose to take students out to eat, please keep meals within your budget and not have students pay for it.
Please provide lunch in addition to breakfast and dinner on weekends and holidays. If you take the students out please either prepare lunch at home or take the students out to an affordable meal.
Provide student pickup and drop off transportation to FOA (ESL) class location. Carpool can be arranged if needed. Ask for assistance if needed.
Spending time in the evenings with the students—speaking English and checking in with them to make sure they are happy. Please do not leave student alone for long periods of time, especially if they are younger students.
Spending a minimum of a half-day with them during weekends (taking them out on activities or sightseeing whenever possible, invite them with family & friend activities within reason, etc.).
Please also note that the legal guardians for each student in their group will be at least one Chaperone. They will be in charge of any medical emergency if an emergency were to occur, and they must be present with the student at a hospital or doctors office for approval of any medical procedure.
Communication is the key element for hosting a international students, and sometimes this can be challenging do to the language barrier. Our FOA members fully understand this, and are there to assist families, students, and chaperones to continue a good experience of communication. Host families can always contact one of our FOA members to assist them in communicating with their students if it becomes challenging in any way. Most importantly is to smile, and use google translate as a quick solution.
Students expenses will be covered by FOA. We provide a small stipend per day for each student during the duration of their stay with their host family. Depending on how long the students will stay will determine the total amount of the Homestay Fee.
Provide access to the family’s laundry. Families may not charge students for laundry. Provide internet access (wireless if possible)
I want to thank FOA for giving me the opportunity to host last July. It was my first time hosting foreign students. I was a nervous wreck. You were professional, reassuring and always available to answer questions and you put me at ease......(Click her to read more)