Host Family Pre-Arrival Orientation - The First Day or Two

  • Focus on the most basic needs of the student right away – show them the bedroom and bathroom, and allow them time to relax.

  • Decide on a time your student should contact his/her parents to let them know he/she arrived safely (remember the time zone).

  • Don’t be surprised if your student shows the very normal symptoms of jet lag and culture shock, including irregular sleeping and eating patterns, stomach upsets, delayed periods for girls, sadness and loneliness, extreme fatigue, and language shock – a temporary drop in the students’ English level upon arrival.

  • Patiently help your student feel at home.  Show him/her around your home and town and involve them in a few errands.

  • Discuss your house rules, and remember that some reminders will be needed.