An experience as unique as your family
This hosting program is unique in that both your family’s experience and the student’s program is controlled by you. Students should become 100% part of your family life and normal activity – sharing in your hobbies, interests and community. Hosting an immersion student like this for a short time period is also so beneficial to you as it allows your family to spend such a great amount of quality time with them, learning about their language, culture, and interests.
We have a wave of international students who are looking to travel to the US between June and August for 2 to 5 weeks. The attraction of this full immersion program for our students is that there are no formal activities organized by Xplore, which gives you as the host family the opportunity to showcase your favorite parts of your community and the activities your family enjoys. You can schedule things at your family’s own pace, safe in the knowledge that Xplore are on hand for any support you may require.
After living with you, some students combine their experience with a couple of weeks at a local American summer camp.
This short term High School immersion program allows international students to experience attending a US high school in a shorter time frame. Offering to host a student on a short-term program like this during the school semester is great for families with similar aged kids also attending high school and on the weekends, allows you all to spend quality time together giving your student a taste of life of a typical US high schooler.
The program runs from 4 to 8 weeks and is suited to those students who perhaps cannot or do not want to be away from their normal school for a long period of time. During their time in the US, the students are looking to immerse themselves in our culture and communities, so you are in control of what they see and do!
What is expected of a host family?
What will the student be doing whilst staying with us?
The student will join your family in your normal routine! Students choose this program for the unique opportunity to experience the typical American life. We do not ask that you go out of your way to entertain the student, just that you share all of your favorite activities with them and welcome them into your family.
I live in Wisconsin (or another state not listed), can I still host?
Yes! The locations listed (Washington, North Carolina and Colorado) are the areas which our students most often visit, but we often have students who are open to travel anywhere. The most important part of a placement is finding a family who is excited about hosting and learning about new cultures. Wherever you live, this could be a good fit for one of our students!
What is the application process?
Each family goes through a simple host family application process. The steps are:
Will I have any support whilst the student is staying with us?
Yes! Xplore staff are always available to offer support for hosting. An Xplore local coordinator will provide a hosting orientation before your students arrival to cover details such as transportation, stipend, your student’s travel insurance coverage and more! You can also reach Xplore staff 24/7 through our emergency line.