Host families frequently believe that the principal value in having an international student is the opportunity to share their home and lifestyle with someone from a distant land. However, host families often realize they are significantly changed by the experience. They become more attuned to world issues, more mindful of their own enculturation, more cognizant of how people see events from their own cultural perspective, and more sensitive to the idea that each culture’s way of life is equally valid. This is a process that host families share with students along the journey. Each day is a new experience.
The homestay program aims to: