Host Family FAQ

canstockphoto24808040DO I GET PAID TO HOST A J-1 STUDENT?
For the J-1 student, you will not get payment in terms of money, but rather in values and knowledge. Hosting a student will allow your family to visit a foreign country without leaving your home! A $50 per month charitable tax deduction can be claimed for your participation in the program.

WHAT DOES FACE THE WORLD LOOK FOR IN A HOST FAMILY?
Our host families come in all shapes and sizes: they can be single, retired, empty-nesters, or childless. A family must have the emotional and financial stability to sustain a student for a year. They should have a desire to learn about other cultures and the willingness to share their life with a person from another culture. Host families are expected to include their student in all host family activities, including chores.

I DON’T HAVE ANY CHILDREN AT HOME. CAN I STILL HOST?
There is no typical host family. Students are interested in a wide range of hosting situations. Some students who come from large families would like to experience being the only child in a family.

CAN YOUNG CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM HOSTING?family in white
Many of the students accepted into the program indicate an interest in being placed in families with small children. As for your own children, their facility for learning a language is never greater than when they are young. Similarly, their interest, curiosity and acceptance of people different from themselves is strongest at a young age. They will look up to the exchange student and in turn the exchange student feels special.

I THINK MY HOUSE MAY BE TOO SMALL. DOES A STUDENT NEED HIS OWN ROOM?
Program participants are prepared to share a bedroom with a child of the same gender. The only requirements are that the exchange student must be provided with his or her own bed, and that the host sibling sharing the room be within 5 years of the student’s age. We have found that a student who shares a room with a host sibling often makes the transition from exchange student to family member more quickly.

SINCE MY SPOUSE AND I BOTH WORK, WE WON'T BE HOME TO ENTERTAIN THE STUDENT. IS THIS A PROBLEM?
In most of our two-parent families, both parents work. We are not looking for families to entertain our students. We are looking for families who will share an exchange of ideas, lifestyles, and love with a child from another culture. With his/her participation in the local high school, the student will quickly develop a circle of friends and should not be dependent on the family for entertainment.

DO STUDENTS HAVE INSURANCE?
All students are covered by a comprehensive health and liability policy while on the Face The World program.


canstockphoto6348692WHAT DOES THE STUDENT EXPECT?

The student expects to be welcomed into a warm and loving home. Flexibility, a sense of humor and the ability to help a young person adapt to a new family and lifestyle are also important qualities that students hope their family will have.

HOW WELL WILL MY STUDENT SPEAK ENGLISH?
The English level of your student will depend upon a number of factors including the length of time the language has been studied, the environment in which the student received the instruction, the student’s native language, and many other factors. Our academic programs require the students to demonstrate a level of fluency that will allow them to function in an American high school shortly after arrival. Occasionally, a student may seem to have poor English skills upon arrival, but there is usually a noted improvement after a few days of adapting to the new environment.

WHO MAKES ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE J-1 PROGRAM?
Your community representative will contact the local high school to obtain their approval of the student’s enrollment. The family should help the student register for classes once he or she has arrived.

CAN WE HOST MORE THAN ONE STUDENT?
Yes, as long as the two students are from different countries and speak different native languages. This is an ideal situation for empty-nesters, as each student has the other.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY FAMILY AND THE STUDENT DON’T GET ALONG?
Each family and student is assigned a community representative who will work with them during the program. This person is prepared to assist you with any problems that might arise. In the event of a serious problem or conflict of personalities, Face the World will remove the student for evaluation to determine whether the student should be replaced or returned to his or her home country.

CAN I CHOOSE THE STUDENT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE STAY WITH US ON THE J-1 PROGRAM? 
Yes! Based on a review of the information you provide to us, and a review of the student files available for the upcoming year, your local representative will present to you several files for your consideration. You will ultimately select the student you would like to host.