USF World News

Consider Being a Host Family to an Exchange Student from Japan, China or Korea
August 15, 2011

USF World has been asked to share a unique opportunity to host an exchange student in your home. Students are high school age and coming from Japan, China and Korea to study in Tampa.

Exchange students attend public school for the entire school year and are in the U.S. for 10 months, including a 2 week orientation in Seattle. Families that would be suitable home stay families are those that can: 

Program Details & Contact:

  • commit to hosting a student for a few weeks,  one semester or the entire academic year;
  • provide moral support and advice regarding day-to-day concerns that may arise. Living in a foreign country, even for this brief time span, can be a lonely and intimidating experience. The host family will share their lives with the exchange student. Not only will this help the student overcome homesickness and become quickly adapted to American life, it will also help the student become immersed in American family life. The host parents become the exchange student’s parents and, indeed, the host family becomes a substitute family. The exchange student looks forward to being included in family activities, including chores. 
  • provide room and board for the duration of the commitment that has been made to the host school. A student can share a bedroom with a host sibling of the same sex, but should have his/her own bed, study space, and storage space.
  • arrange some means of transportation between the host family’s home and the host school, either school bus, public transportation, riding with host family, walking, or bicycle.

Contact: Michelle Carling
Local Coordinator – Tampa
The Laurasian Institution
 (813) 205 - 8807  (813) 205 - 8807

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