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Becoming a Homestay Family

Homestay families are at the heart of making West Lutheran International a success.  It is because of gracious homestay families who open their homes to students from around the world, that this program is growing.  Becoming a homestay family is a wonderful witnessing opportunity as many of the students coming to West Lutheran have had little exposure to Christianity.

Why do families choose to homestay?

Families homestay for a wide variety of reasons.  At the center is the desire for the family to open its home to an individual who might otherwise never have the chance to learn of their Savior.  Other reasons for hosting include learning of other cultures or participating in an exciting new experience.

What is expected of me as a homestay parent?

Homestay families are expected to welcome the international student into their home as a member of the family and provide a caring home environment.  It is expected that the student will have their own bed and place to study, internet access, transportation, and daily meals. 

How well can international students speak English?

An international student’s academic success is dependent on the ability to communicate in the English language.  For an applicant to be accepted, he or she must demonstrate proficiency with an acceptable score on a standardized testing format and will have a Skype interview with the administration.  Your patience in helping the student learn becomes one of the biggest factors in the student's confidence and success in using his or her English.  

What are the major challenges for homestay families?

Most challenges typically involve cultural differences within communication styles or customs.  Many families who have experienced such challenges find that, in time, they are resolved with patience and clear communication.

What are financial arrangements with students?

Students have private funds available for expenses for which the family is not responsible (for example, clothing, lunches at school, entertainment, personal items, etc.).  Homestay families are compensated to cover room and board, transportation, and making the student a part of your family.

What is the next step?

If you would like to become a homestay family or have questions about the International Program, please contact the International Students' Program coordinator, Melissa Baures at 763-509-9378 ext 50 or by email.