My Junior College daughter is hosting a foreign exchange student from Taiwan for 13 days.
That means the rest of the family at home automatically become the host family!
Being a first-time host family, I searched and scoured for tips on how to be a good one.
So here’s How to be a Good Host Family for a Foreign Exchange Student.
- Provide safe secure and welcoming place to live.
- Provide a room or at least a bed.
- Provide a study space and stationaries.
- Provide internet access for student to contact home.
- Provide transport and food.
- Ask about allergies or dietary restrictions.
- Ask about birthdays and other special events. Celebrate!
- Offer meals that represent your culture and tradition.
- You may suggest student to cook their food for your family.
- Provide support, guidance and encouragement.
- Represent your country and your culture.
- Help them learn about local customs and laws.
- Provide opportunity for student to learn your language.
- Encourage student to share their experience and culture.
- Ask the student how he/she would like to be called.
- Find our how he/she would call you in their culture.
- Let student know your home rules that your kids follow.
- Bring student along on your daily routine, like going to the market.
- Get student involved in local sports and activities.
- Show your student around your hometown and community.
- Encourage student to ask you questions about anything.
- Be patient when speaking with student of a different language.
- Treat student as part of your family and not just a visitor.
- Let student do some of your household chores.
- Don’t do any big activities the first and second day. Let them adjust.
- Mediate on signs of quietness, not socialising and unhappiness.
- Be ready to deal with teenage issues and crisis.
- Take over the parenting role from the student’s natural parent.
Happy hosting to us!