How to host
Becoming an EF Foundation host family is easy! Here’s what to expect:
Step 1: Apply
Pre-apply online or call 1-800-263-2825 to request an application and receive more information. Our Regional Managers can provide detailed answers to any questions you may have. They’ll also put you in touch with your local coordinator.
After your family has submitted an application, references, and background check forms, your local coordinator will interview all of you in your home. Your local coordinator will also thoroughly explain the hosting experience to you and your family at this time.
Step 2: Select a Student
Should your family be selected to host, your local coordinator will work with you to decide on a student who shares your family’s interests. You’ll have the opportunity to see the applications of incoming students, as well as the photo albums they’ve created.
Once you have chosen a son or daughter to host, your coordinator will contact your local high school and start negotiating a school slot for your exhcange student. After a school slot has been secured, you will then receive the Host Family Handbook, an extensive guidebook designed to prepare you to host an international student.
Communicating with your student as soon as possible after selection will allow you to build a relationship early on. This will help ease the transition into your family’s daily life!
Step 3. Prepare for Arrival
Closer to your student’s arrival, you will be invited to a Host Family Orientation. Along with other host families in your community, you will review rules and regulations, go over what to expect during the months to come, and have any remaining questions answered. Meeting other host families in your area is the perfect time to begin the sharing and learning that defines the hosting experience.
Finally, the day that you’ve been waiting for will arrive! Your exchange student will walk through your front door, full of hopes and dreams for the experience ahead. This is just the beginning of an international friendship that will last a lifetime. Don’t forget—EF Foundation will be there to support you 100% throughout the exchange!