Day 1

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The First 24 hours

Be more than an innkeeper. Welcome your student and help him or her feel comfortable, at home, and part of your family. Talk to your student before arrival, if possible, before planning to throw a huge party right away.

Establish contact with the student’s parents to communicate that he has arrived safely and offer the student the comforting voice of his or her parents. With the exhaustion of travel and all the changes, the student may be emotional. Do not take offense if he or she cries when speaking to a natural parent. You are not doing anything wrong; appreciate that your student is releasing a lot of stress and anxiety through the tears and will feel better when it ends.

Explain the bathroom set-up and offer a tour of your home, explaining how everything works.

Give your student her space. Allow her to retreat to her room for a nap; jet lag is tough! Days two and three are harder than the first day and night.

Establish what names and titles you and your student would like to be called. Some students adopt nicknames in English. Please be sure the name will not be offensive to anyone (Big Gun, for example).

Take a deep breath -- all the work has lead to this moment. Knowing your student is safe and sound in your home is a big accomplishment!

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