Host Family FAQ

Find answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about hosting below. If you have further questions, you can email us or fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

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How do I become a CETUSA host family?

Apply below, and a Local Coordinator will reach out to you to walk you through the application process. This will include a criminal background check, 3 reference checks, and an in-home interview. The process typically takes a week.

What is expected of me as a host parent?

The Department of State guidelines states all host families are volunteers and provide the following:

  • A bed (can be in a shared room with someone of the same gender within 2 years of age)
  • Three meals a day
  • Transportation to school and extracurricular

Do I have to be a traditional family to host?

Any family can be a host family! CETUSA families come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you are a single parent, empty-nester, LGBTQ+ couple or household, house full of young kids, or teenagers – there is a student for you. You just need to have an empty bed, and a big heart to love a student.

Are the students like family members or boarders?

Our students expect and hope to be apart of your family, and we ask that you treat them like your own child. Love them and guide them as needed, but they should be expected to act as part of your family as well.

How expensive is it to host a student?

The only additional expense of hosting a student, is typically a slight increase in groceries. Students come on their own health insurance, and have a minimum of $250 for personal spending a month.

What happens if it’s not the right fit?

CETUSA is committed to being your partner before, during, and after your exchange year. We have procedures and processes in place to address any challenges that may arise. For urgent situations, we provide a 24/7 emergency line. If the issues cannot be resolved, your local coordinator will work to relocate your student.

Can I host more than one student and why would it be a good idea?

You can host up to 2 students at a time! However, they cannot speak the same language. Hosting two students is a great idea if you don’t have other children, since they can bond and spend time together. Also, you get to learn about two cultures at once.

What is the screening process for the students?

All students must pass extensive English communication testing, show school transcripts of B- grade average or higher, and full medical evaluations (including COVID-19 precautions).

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