Share your world: Become a Saint Martin’s College host family
May 11, 2005
Lacey – Could this be the summer you give a once-in-a-lifetime
experience to a student from another country?
Saint Martin’s College’s Office of International Programs is looking
for great host families to give students from Japan, China and Taiwan an
opportunity to experience American family life and culture up-close and
personal. The college’s international programs are expanding, and with
them, the chance for more families to enjoy a visitor from abroad and
broaden their understanding of the world. Families are needed to host
students for a weekend or for a one-week or two-week period. The longer
home-stays provide a stipend to host families to help cover expenses.
Theo Porter, community liaison for the college’s host family program,
said while most students are college-age, some students of high-school
age or younger are expected to participate in Saint Martin’s summer
cultural programs. While at Saint Martin’s, students take classes, see
regional attractions and experience American culture through fieldtrips
to area businesses and organizations. Still, the highlight of their trip
is time spent at the homes of host families.
“The host family experience creates bonds that last a lifetime,”
Porter said. “As many families who have hosted previously can attest,
many of our students who come for a summer end maintaining close ties
with the families who hosted them.”
Host families don’t need to spend a lot of money or go to
extraordinary lengths to entertain international students, he said.
Everyday activities such as a shopping trip to the supermarket, a family
picnic , playing board games or cooking a meal together give students
insight into American family life, he said.
To apply, prospective host families complete an application and
questionnaire from the college. To insure students have a positive and
safe home-stay experience, all members of the household over age 12 also
must complete a simple background check.
For more information on becoming a host family and dates when host
families are needed, please contact Porter at 360-438-4598;
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Community liaison, Office of International Programs
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(360) 438-4541 or