What is expected of a host family?

Hosting a student can be an extremely rewarding experience for everyone in the family, yet it is a role that requires a lot of responsibility. The hosting period is typically 3 - 4 months.

Host families are to meet the following expectations:

  • Before the student arrives establish communication with the student.
  • Understand the program rules the student must follow.
  • Know how to contact key Rotarians involved in Youth Exchange in case of an emergency.
  • During the exchange provide a safe and welcoming environment for trust and friendship to develop between the student and your family.
  • Support and make the student feel like a part of the family, with the same privileges and obligations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the student be living with our family?

Most long-term exchange students live with two or three host families during their exchange. This means the student may live with you for anywhere between two and six months.

Is it expensive to host a student?

While you will see a rise in your grocery bills, there are no other costs to your family. The student receives $100 pocket money from the club, the club has made arrangements with the school; There are no educational expenses, and the student is insured for any medical expenses.

How will I communicate with the student?

Most students do not speak English as their native language. Whilst most have a reasonable command of English, you will undoubtedly have the chance to help them improve their language skills.

Some anxiety is to be expected if you have never hosted an exchange student. If you have questions, please contact your local Rotary Club to discuss them.

We're always looking for host families and will be delighted to talk to you.

Becoming a Host Family

Rotary Clubs are interested in hearing about potential Host Family’s at any time of the year. Hosting starts with an APPLICATION.

For more information contact your local Rotary Club.

Some of the general requirements for completing the application are outlined below:

  • Photos of your home, student's bedroom and bath, etc.
  • Background Checks for all family members living in the household 18 years of age and over
  • Youth Protection Awareness online training
  • References
  • A home visit by a local Rotarian and Orientation with the Rotary Youth Exchange program.