Hosting is so much more than providing a bedroom to a student. Hosting is a life changing experience for you and your family. Experience the benefits of learning a new culture, open your heart and home to an international student, and gain cultural insight and a life-long friend.
We partner with nearly 300 private and public high schools in the U.S. Explore our interactive map to see if we are currently in a community near you.
Gary is helping us become a better family. We are sitting down to eat more meals together. We exercise more patience and kindness with one another. Our family is making time to re-visit some of the parks and treasures our great state has to offer.”— Elizabeth Girdham, Host Mom
Once you join the gphomestay family and are successfully paired with a student, our multilingual and multicultural support staff facilitates communication between your family and your student’s natural parents in order to introduce you to one another. This multilingual staff is available for translation services throughout your student’s stay in case an emergency arises.
Next, you’ll participate in a brief training program to prepare for your student’s arrival.
Once your new family member arrives, you will receive an in-person check-in from your local gphomestay Residential Coordinator. This staff member will serve as the point-person for all of your basic questions and needs and will provide ongoing support to you and your family throughout the student’s stay. Moreover, the Residential Coordinator will conduct regular check-ins, via phone and in-person, as well as organize exciting events and activities for you and your international student.
Additionally, gphomestay supports all of its hosts by providing a monthly stipend to offset the additional costs incurred as a result of hosting a student.
Finally, we are proud to have been approved as an educational services provider by The Council on Standards for International Travel (CSIET). CSIET, an organization that establishes standards for international programs at the high school level, acknowledges gphomestay’s commitment to providing a safe and accommodating homestay.
Got a question? Check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or give us a call today at 781-996-0429!