If you love learning about different cultures and making new friends, then consider hosting two of Bates' ESL Language and Cultural Academy exchange students.
Barbara Kuhn, international education coordinator, reports that 17 Chinese students and teachers will participate in this year's academy from July 15 to August 14. "The students are coming from thousands of miles away," says Barbara. "We want to be ready for them when they arrive."
Homestay families provide international students with an introduction to American culture and family life. "Opening your home to students from a different country provides your family with a unique opportunity to meet new friends and help promote understanding," Kuhn says.
Host families should:
• Be willing to take two students into the home and enjoy meeting and helping people.
• Be open to sharing everyday experiences with a foreign student, and all members of the family agree it's a good idea to host foreign students.
• Have two bedrooms with one bed in each or one bedroom with two beds.
• Transport the students Monday-Friday to Bates' South Campus by 8 a.m. during the days designated for their morning English class and afternoon excursions and cultural experiences. A bus will return the students to their homestay in the evenings.
• Be willing to include the students on family outings and any special events.
• Give international students the opportunity to experience American family life.
Host families will:
• Recieve $1,050 in compensation for hosting two students for the month.
• Learn about another culture.
• Have the unique opportunity to share their culture with others.
Host family responsibilities:
• Provide a private furnished bedroom: access to laundry facilities and other shared household amenities.
• Provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Bates provides lunch Monday-Friday.)
• Make time to build relationships and make students feel comfortable and welcome.
• Agree to respect the culture and values of the student.
• Speak English to communicate with the students.
• Deliver and pick students up at the college's South Campus Monday-Friday.
• Include the students in family outings, shopping trips, etc.
• Provide access to the Internet, if available, at host family home
In return, students are expected to abide by host family routines and rules. If you would like to be a host, please contact Barbara at 253.680.7183.