Every summer (and some winters) hundreds of students come to the Central Coast for a few weeks through EF Educational Homestay Programs. They come to improve their English skills and to live with an American family. As we all know, American families are all different--different shapes, sizes, ages & national origin--which makes us very American. EF welcomes such diverse families as single parent households, empty-nesters and families with small or grown children.
To make the program and summer rememberable, we rely on generous volunteer host families from all over the county.
“Traveling the world with kids is hard, so we decided to bring the work to our kids,” said Cristina Pires of San Luis Obispo. “We loved having two students from different parts of the world to give our kids a sense of cultural variety.”
The first students coming this summer arrive in less than 2 weeks. Some families have had to cancel due to unforeseen life circumstances, so we still have students yet to place. We are seeking families who can host the entire program, can be a welcome family (for the first week or two) or host for a week or two at the end. All the host families and staff work together to make the program enjoyable for both students and host families.
Host families are a vital part of the students’ time abroad and the experiences they have. The host families become the students’ home away from home, and EF host families provide a safe and comfortable environment for students to ensure they get the best experience abroad as possible.
“Hosting an exchange student is such a wonderful experience,” said Linda Napoli of Atascadero. “It's difficult to describe since every time is different, but we get to meet such wonderful people and learn about how people in other parts of the world live. We get to share so much about our way of life and show them everything about living in a small town in the U.S. They share so much about their way of life and it helps to give us all a little perspective. The girls we have had have just been so fun. We play board games with them, we take them out to dinner with us, we play outside — there are always tears when we have to say goodbye and we keep in touch from afar. I look forward to hosting every year and I can't wait to do it again this year and meet even more wonderful people.”
Host family responsibilities:
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North County International
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