International students participating in a homestay programs do so in order to improve their English language skills, so English must be the first/primary language spoken in all SDCH host family homes.
Our host families are warm, caring people with a genuine interest in learning about other cultures through hosting International students. The host family is visited and carefully screened, and once approved, we allow the family to choose their student when possible. Families who host foreign students come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all have certain things in common. They want to make a new International friend while participating in a great fundraiser. SDCH host families enjoy getting to know International students, also other host families in the school who share a common bond- the sincere belief that young people are the hope of tomorrow.
Families with teenagers provide a wonderful experience for the students. Even if your teen has a job, your family can still host. Daily activities are scheduled so your student will not be left at home alone during the day. By inviting a foreign student to become a member of the family for 4 weeks, you will be supporting your school fundraiser. Program activities, parties, and excursions all provide a structure for wholesome socialization.
Carpools to the meeting point are arranged amongst the families who are able to drive.
As you can imagine, families who entrust their children to SDCH are concerned about the family who will host their child. To ensure that the host family meets our standards, a SDCH representative must personally visit each prospective host family.
Typically, the host family can choose their student directly from our website. Since the students are visiting the United States to learn about everyday American life, SDCH does not want or expect the host family to change their way of life to accommodate the student.
Our host families must be willing to make the student feel like part of their family. Loving families who want to enrich lives are the key to a great experience for student and host family alike.
While in your home, an SDCH representative will explain the details of the program and the specific obligations a host family has. They will need to see all rooms that the students will be using in the home. Your family will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the program. The host family is an active participant in selecting a student for their home.
If you are interested in hosting a student now or in the future, please fill out our Online Host Family Application. We will contact you as soon as possible.