Do you have questions? Well, we have answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Do you have an additional question? Please contact us to speak directly with a member of the STS Foundation team who can help you get the answers you need.
About the host families
What are the rewards of hosting?
Your family gains a new family member. The relationship that evolves throughout your year as a host parent will last a lifetime. The focus of this program is to have host families and students learn from each other, e.g., culture, customs, regional expressions, and daily life.
Are Host Families paid to host?
No, but host families receive a $50.00 tax deduction (Charitable Contribution) per month for each month the students live with you.
How do you match students to Host Families?
We try to find students whose hobbies and interest match the family members. We look for common interest in the arts, sports, and religious involvement. The host Family may request a student from a country they have special interest in. We try and match as much as possible to ensure a successful experience.
What is the length of stay?
Most of our students arrive in august for a 10 month academic stay. They must return to their home country 7 to 10 days after the last day of school. These are a few students who only come for a semester. Some arrive in January and stay until December.
What kinds of families are acceptable?
We accept many types of families: single parent families, families with children of any age, childless families and families with grown children.
What does hosting mean?
Hosting means you open your heart and home to a teenager from another country. You provide the same loving, caring environment for them as you do a member of your own family.
About the responsibilities
What is expected of the exchange student?
Our students are here on an academic program. This means, they must attend all of their classes, participate in class and maintain at least a C or above in each class. The student has an orientation that explains the rules they agree to abide by. These include obeying all local, state and federal laws. They may be immediately dismissed from the program and sent home for violation of these laws. They are expected to follow host family rules concerning family responsibilities such as chores. They must also obey curfews established by the host family.
Are we supposed to show them America?
Trips are organized and available to the students through their Regional Directors or through an STSF approved travel organization. Keep in mind that this is an academic program with opportunities for travel for students who are meeting academic standards. RDs also sponsor trips for students. More information about these trips will be given throughout the year.
What about spending money?
The student’s natural parents agree to send adequate spending money. This money should be enough for clothing, social activities, trips, school expenses, and telephone calls to their home country. Ideally, students will already have a bank account when they come over that they can access with an ATM card. Host Families can also assist their students in setting up savings or teen account.
What happens if the student is ill or in an accident?
Our students have their own medical insurance. Each student should have an ID card and claim forms before they arrive. STSF will help with the filing of claims.
What is the host family responsible for?
The host family is responsible for providing three meals a day, registering the student in school, a separate bed and a quiet place to study. The STSF local LC will obtain the signed school acceptance form prior to the student’s arrive to the country.