PH International

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Becoming a Host Family allows you and your guest(s) to learn about one another’s countries and cultures through immersion into your family.

PH International encourages you to treat your guest as a member of your family and to offer him/her a realistic introduction to American family life. Efforts to make your guest’s surroundings more familiar can help in making him/her feel more comfortable. When your guest arrives, plan to spend some time getting to know each other and talking about expectations and needs on both sides. There is no better way to get to know your guest than over food and tea at the kitchen table. Be clear when communicating your family schedules, values and behaviors. Invite your guest to ask questions and to share some information about his/her family and cultural traditions.

Family Activities and House Rules

PH International encourages you to treat your guest as a member of your family and to offer him/her a realistic introduction to American family life. It is important to discuss any house rules with your guest at the outset. You should instruct him/her in the use of household equipment such as television, stereo, stove, microwave oven, refrigerator and freezer. Encourage him/her to join in family activities or to help with household tasks such as preparing meals and clearing the table.

Food

PH International has asked that your guest be provided breakfast and dinner each week day and on weekends it is hoped that your guest will join you for all family meals. It is important to let your guest know ahead of time if and when he/she needs to prepare his/her own meals, including breakfast. Your guest will probably be unaccustomed to the “help yourself” mentality in the kitchen of someone else’s home.

Spending Money

As hosts, you are expected to provide a clean room and some meals for your guest. The participants will receive per diem expenses from PH International to cover the cost of meals not provided by host families, local transportation, sightseeing and cultural activities and other personal expenses. It is very difficult to predict how much personal spending money your guest will bring to the US. Some people arrive with a great deal of money, and some arrive with only $50 or $100.