How to Host an Exchange Student this Summer
If you are local to the San Luis Obispo/Santa Maria area of California, here are the details of our local program.
There are 2 groups of students coming for the Summer of 2016:
1st Group: Spain & Italy arrive on June 30 and depart on July 26. The students’ study center will be at Paulding Middle School in Arroyo Grande but private bus transportation is available for families living outside of the 5 Cities.
2nd Group: Austria & France arrive on July 8 and depart on July 27. The students’ study center will also be at Paulding Middle School in Arroyo Grande but private bus transportation is available for families living outside of the 5 Cities.
You have many options! You can choose the country, gender and approx age of your student. Its so much fun to choose a student who has similar interests to your family. The students love being a part of your everyday life and learning about your family’s hobbies and interests. You don’t need to schedule entertainment or anything… just give them a place to sleep and meals. They just follow your typical family schedule. EF takes care of them during the day and gives them plenty of trips and excursions!
If you have summer plans that take you out of the area, your student can even go with you (as long as it’s not too long) or temporary arrangement can be made for your student to stay somewhere else while you are gone.
Earn Travel Money as a Host Family
In addition to being a great family experience, hosting students helps us afford travel too! Each time you host a student, you get a sticker for your “EF Passport”. Once you collect 5 stickers, your Passport is worth $200 toward any travel expense! EF simply reimburses you $200 after you show proof of a travel expense! OR save two Passports, turn them in together and get $500 reimbursement toward travel expenses! Recently, we used our $500 to help pay for airfare to Denver for a family reunion. Awesome, right??!
Make Friends from Around the World
Possibly my very favorite part of hosting as a host mom is the friends that I make around the world. I now have friends in most European countries, Indonesia, China, Taiwan and more! I just recently took a trip to Europe and was able to visit and even stay with many of the friends I’ve made through this program. Sightseeing with a local is the way to go – let me tell you! It makes the trip so much more authentic and an experience you’ll never forget!
Give hosting a try! I know you’ll love it as much as we have! Contact me about becoming a Host Family!
Have you ever hosting an international student? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below!
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