This summer season I’m turning into a bunch household for a international scholar

Oh, the benefits of immersing yourself in the tongue, no one can deny it! Every young person who has had the opportunity and the opportunity to take part in a summer camp, language stay or school trip knows how much this kind of exciting experience will always be etched in our memory!

Attendance is good. But have you ever considered becoming a host family yourself? . When young people are immersed in a family, there are many people who accept them, so why wouldn’t you, on the other hand, do the same and give a young person from another country a chance to come and live a little with you until you learn Molière’s language?

Because language immersion takes place not only on the part of the young traveler, but also on the side of the host family, which plays a key role in the success of this act. Why not discover a new culture and share yours at the same time? What if I become a foster family this summer?

Host family, the key to student well-being

When a young person (or not!) Decides to go abroad to learn a language or study abroad, he has a choice: either go to a student residence, most often on campus, or go to a host family. This second option is strongly recommended as it will allow the student to find himself in a completely immersive context.

The host family is therefore considered a key element in the well-being of students, as it provides much more than just accommodation and meals. Its role is really to enable the young person to make contact with the school and the community, but also to make friends, learn a new language and benefit from experience abroad. The host family offers a real cultural and traditional immersion that will be etched in the participant’s memory forever.

The host family plays a bit of a parental role abroad: in addition to providing safe accommodation, they must feed their host. However, it is not about running an inn or meeting at a hotel! The young participant must be truly welcomed as a full member of the family. In this sense, as a child in the household can – and should! – take part in small household chores and have the same responsibilities as changing the table, cleaning, washing, cleaning your room, making the bed …

In addition to sharing lifestyles, meals and accommodation, the host family, like the real parents, must advise and support the young person. Being its point of reference in this unknown country, its supervision, its availability, its presence, its support, but also its participation and cooperation with the reference organization (in reference with the school) remain essential for the success of the absorbing school experience. participant.

Why become a host family?

Whether you are alone, in pairs, with children, without children, with animals or without … it does not matter, everyone is welcome, because everyone is likely to represent the social and cultural diversity of the welcome country.

Hosting a student means welcoming the adventure by giving yourself or your family the opportunity to discover a different culture through the eyes of this young person. It also means welcoming change by bringing a dimension of cultural openness and offering a great opportunity for tolerance, communication and adaptability.

It is still a discovery because you share your culture and traditions with others. It is finally a meeting, an opportunity to build strong and lasting relations and to make real international friendships in the long term.

How to become a host family?

Many organizations are actively looking for host families for the summer, for a few weeks, or for the entire school year. A simple inquiry will give you a number of items to apply for.

To see Thot Directory of student exchange programs and Thot Directory of language stays.

Once you have chosen, find out more, ask questions and contact the managers! This is followed by a (precise) selection process on your part as well as on the part of your students, because the pairing phase is paramount in this process.

Of course, you may have small “requirements”, such as the choice of the girl or boy, their country of origin, their religion, age, diet … the goal is for the other to find their account on the one hand, both from the perspective of a young person as from yours. Once you have reached the ideal agreement, prepare to welcome the student by offering him a quiet and comfortable room and in close contact with the host organization, which will always be at your disposal to provide you with support and advice throughout your young host’s stay.

Don’t worry, if you’re a little nervous about this new experience, tell yourself that he / she too! In addition, they are hand-picked young people, considered good students in their country of origin, curious and ready to embark on this new adventure. They are truly motivated by this experience and are just waiting to discover your world! So give the young person a chance and give yourself a chance to allow a meeting of two cultures and create beautiful stories of long-term friendship!


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