A. gphomestay is a residential services provider specializing in providing comprehensive homestay and boarding programs for schools with international students.
Founded in 2011, gphomestay began as a homestay facilitator, locating, recruiting and matching dedicated American host families with the international students at our partner schools. Today, gphomestay continues to facilitate homestay arrangements on behalf of our more than 150 school partners, but we have also expanded our services to include building and maintaining international student dorms as well as working directly with individual international students.
A. At gphomestay, we pride ourselves on our proven recruitment methods and track record of success, including recruiting over 1,000 host families since 2011. We have worked with programs of all shapes and sizes in communities across the country and in each instance, we have successfully accomplished our goal of attracting dedicated host families.
A. Although we offer a number of unique services and boast a proven track record of success, our primary differentiation can be described in one word: support.
We’re proud to offer various layers of support to our school partners, hosts and students. By providing your school and students a local Residential Coordinator, a Residential Manager (located in one our branch offices) and an on-call team of multilingual and multicultural specialists in case of emergencies, we empower all parties to thrive.Go To Top
A. There are two significant ways in which gphomestay’s practices differ from that of other homestay providers.
First, we aim to recruit a “bank” of qualified families well in excess of your school’s program size. Having this “bank” of qualified hosts allows us to:
Second, because our local staff lives in your area, we establish a genuine connection with your community and are able to recruit families who are part of that community and appreciate your school. Go To Top
A. Gphomestay offers a wide range of services for our students and schools, including:
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Q. Does gphomestay find host families in my school’s local community for the international students?
A. Yes! Our central Host Processing Coordinators and our local, on-the-ground staff collaborate to identify and recruit host families within a 30-minute drive from your school. The closer the family is to your school and the more of a relationship they have with your school, the better!
A. We’re proud to thoroughly screen our hosts in order to ensure they are qualified to accommodate your school’s international students. This screening process includes a phone interview, a background check and a site inspection of the potential host’s home.
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A. At gphomestay, we hold our hosts to a higher standard. First and foremost, we expect all hosts to welcome students into their home as another member of their family and supervise the student as one would his or her own child.
Additionally, at a bare minimum all host families must be able to provide students:
A. Absolutely! Gphomestay is well-versed in the requirements for study abroad and would be happy to help you coordinate your students’ health insurance and immunizations to ensure that all students meet the federal requirements for studying abroad. Go To Top
A. Gphomestay is thrilled to support our partners, hosts, and students by providing all of the resources each party needs to thrive. To learn more about how we support our hosts, click here.
A. Yes. Each community we work with has a local Residential Coordinator who serves as the primary liaison between your school and gphomestay. Additionally, each community has its own Residential Manager stationed at one of our branch campuses around the country.
Finally, should you need to contact a student’s parents or to navigate any cultural or linguistic miscommunications, gphomestay features a team of multilingual and multicultural associates who are eager to help.
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Q. Is gphomestay recognized by any third party organizations as a reputable homestay provider?
A. Yes. We are proud to be approved by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel, the preeminent organization for vetting international educational travel providers. This recognition reflects gphomestay’s commitment to providing a safe and accommodating homestay program for students and host families.
Q. What is gphomestay’s relationship to The Cambridge Institute of International Education?
A. The Cambridge Institute of International Education and gphomestay are sister companies who operate under common ownership and frequently collaborate to deliver holistic solutions to American secondary schools and colleges seeking to build international student programs. While gphomestay focuses on residential solutions, The Cambridge Institute provides both the marketing and recruitment services that enable schools to attract qualified international students as well as the comprehensive support that empowers schools to ensure their program thrives. Because The Cambridge Institute and gphomestay share this close relationship, both companies are able to offer partners the breadth of services needed to build and subsequently enhance an international student program. Go To Top
A. Yes. Gphomestay provides all hosts with a monthly stipend to offset the additional costs associated with hosting a student. Stipend amounts range depending on location and the specific school the student is attending.
We are consolidating our brands under our company name, but you’ll see the exact same high level of service and support.
“It is my pleasure to recommend the housing services of [gphomestay]… Their process of screening hosts, providing background checks, and speaking carefully with prospective hosts about what to expect during the student’s stay has resulted in a strong program… a point of pride prominently featured in our school’s regular newsletters to parents. [Gphomestay] works closely with host families to support the family as well as the student.”
-Lawrence Woodmere Academy in Long Island, New York
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