- What is the pay?
For host parents, we pay 32 dollars per night per student. Most students come for a minimum of 5 nights to a maximum of 14 nights. Each family can host up to 4 students at one given time (in most cases, only 3 students).
- Why do I have to provide 8 dollars for dinner?
Lunch is provided by ESL4Asia every day except for weekends when students go on excursions. For these excursions, we ask for you to pack a sack lunch (which would include a drink i.e. a water bottle/juice box, a sandwich, fruit, a snack i.e. chips/crackers, and a dessert i.e. cookies/pudding) and provide each student with 8 dollars for dinner, as the students will be arriving home late and will not be able to eat dinner at home.
- Can we take our students on activities during the day in place of school?
Absolutely, we love to see the host family take students for a trip such as to the beach or shopping. As long as you ask for permission, it is very much appreciated to see that you are enjoying your hosting experience.
- When do I get paid for hosting?
Within the first week of hosting your students, you will receive half of the money and the day your students leave, you will receive the second half.
- Will ESL4Asia pay for my gas if I live far away from the school?
We do not pay for gas. We will, however, place students at the closest school available.
- What happens if a student breaks a household item?
The first step would be to call us. We do not pay for the item, but we are willing to help communicate with the student as they are responsible for covering the cost.
Personal Feedback from Hosting:
(Answers come from voluntary anonymous survey questions given to host parents)
Talking about family and the difference in our lifestyles and traditions. I love the fact that I still keep in touch with quite a few of my past students. I receive Happy New Year notices and warm wishes all year round.
On Wednesdays, we try and go to the farmers market, where they have live music, food vendors and lots of homemade items. We had a picnic with my co-worker who also hosts and, if it’s someone’s birthday, we make sure to have a cake & barbeque with them.
We went to the movies to see something age appropriate for them. We took them to our favorite juicy burger place and always to Costco, the market and shopping at Marshalls! I always take my students to family parties, such as a house warming party, baby shower and family barbeques.
We play soccer, go swimming, play basketball, and go for walks. After dinner we play guitar or accordion with them; there were some students that played a couple of instruments and my husband plays a few. So it was fun!
I try to change their menu every day: eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, cereal, oatmeal, hash browns, toast, bagels with cream cheese, muffins, milk, coffee, fruit. I made fresh orange juice for them and fresh grapefruit as well (they loved it!). I ask them what they like most so I can give it to them again.
For dinner: rice, chicken, meat-balls, beef soup, chicken soup with vegetables, lasagna, spaghetti with meat sauce, fish, pizza, lo mein with beef and vegetables, carne asada, barbeque chicken. Again, I try not to give them the same thing, and I ask them what they like so we can do it again, as well as what they didn’t like, so I won’t feed them the same thing again.
The last time I hosted, the first set of girls loved to play cards. They taught me some Chinese card games and I taught them some of the games that I learned as a kid. It was a lot of fun and a great bonding experience.
I have two small children so most of the activities are centered around them. We play games, talk about our cultures, go to church, go to the grocery store. We have a park and a shopping center within walking distance, so if they want to go there I will take them.
I take them to church on Sundays. We go to the park, the grocery store, the mall, and sometimes I will pick up other students to hang out with us as well. If there are any events going on during their stay i.e. birthday parties, family gatherings, etc. I will take them with me.
Having my boys be able to experience a different culture, and seeing the fun and laughter in the faces of both my kids and the exchange kids while they would play, as well as trying to learn different words in Chinese.
I always offer a variety of foods for breakfast: toast, oatmeal and fruit. I cook dinner every night for my family and so the students have whatever I have prepared: pasta, casserole, ethnic foods, chicken, fish, etc. ( I will usually ask the students if there is any type of food that they do not like to eat so that I know what not to prepare. I also let them know that they don’t have to finish their plate if they are full. Some students feel obligated to finish everything and I want them to feel comfortable.)
When they told us that they had fun staying with us and that they liked the food I cooked for them. Priceless!