Q. Can a family host a student they already know?
A. Yes, as long as they are not related in any way. This is called a Direct Placement. If a family contacts you with interest in pursuing a Direct Placement, please send your Hosting Programs Specialist the name of the host family, school and student, how the family knows the student, and whether or not your team can support the placement.
Q. Must students have their own bedroom?
A. No. Students can share a room with one host sibling of the same sex, but the student must have his/her own bed.
Q. Can single adults with no children living at home host exchange student?
A. Yes, but we require written approval from the student and his/her natural family first. Single female adults can host male or female students, and single male adults can only host male students.
Q. How many students can a family host at one time?
A. Families can host two students at the same time as long as the students and their families give written permission and the students are not from the same country and do not speak the same language. For special short-term events, families may be allowed to more than two students. Learn more from your Hosting Programs Specialist.
Q. What is the minimum age requirement to be a host family?
A. There is no official age requirement to host a student; AFS staff and volunteers screen all interested families to be sure they are fit to host a student. When assessing whether younger host parents are suitable to host, it is especially important to understand the potential host parents’ motivation for hosting, expectations for hosting, philosophies on supervision, ability to handle the expenses of an additional family member, and any existing support networks in the community. In addition, all host families are required to provide at least two references who speak to their ability to host, including at least one reference that has observed them interacting with children of any age to show their suitability for hosting.
Q. Can host parents from separated households host?
A. Yes, but both parents will need to fill out full host family applications.
Q. Can a family that has an AirBNB (or similar circumstances) host with AFS?
A. A family that has an AirBNB (or similar circumstances) may only host if the rental unit has a separate, and locked, entrance from the rest of the home and the renters do not share common spaces with the host family. Exceptions may be considered on a case by case basis depending on the circumstances such as the frequency of rental and whether the family and/or student temporarily relocate/s to another suitable dwelling during the rental period. If you have a question about whether a family that has an AirBNB would be eligible to apply, please contact your Hosting Programs Specialist.
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