Common Questions About The Foreign Exchange Student Hosting Program
How does hosting an exchange student work?
Most exchange students stay for a full school year and live with the host family during that time. The host family not only provides a loving and safe place for the student, but it is also encouraged that you integrate the student into your everyday life from meals, to holidays, family activities, church, and more. This will allow both you and your student to have a fulfilling experience.
What are the requirements?
- Christian family
- Must be able to provide references (a friend and a pastor)
- Complete the application
- Willing to obtain your clearances
- Interview with our Admissions Director
- Home inspection
- Child must have their own room
What is the host family screening process like?
As part of the host program, we conduct an interview and an in-home visit. This allows us to discuss any questions you may have about the program. Once these steps take place, we will work with you to place a student that meets your preferences in your home.
How old are the students and where are they from?
Over the years, The King’s Academy has hosted international students from over a dozen countries, including Armenia, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Rwanda, Spain, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam.
How long is the host commitment?
It is also very important for host families to support their international students by attending after-school activities, like sports and school-specific events, to help them to build relationships at school.
How are host families supported throughout the school year?
Each month, we hold a check-in to evaluate how the host family and foreign exchange students are doing. This allows us to provide guidance as needed. Our Admissions Director is always available to answer questions as they arise.
In addition to this support, families receive a monthly financial stipend for expenses related to hosting the student.
Who would be a good candidate for hosting?
I don’t have children at home anymore. How would this affect the foreign exchange student’s experience?
Students will also create social circles at school and this will allow them to develop meaningful friendships that you too can help foster.
How is a student matched to my family?
Will my student speak and understand English?
TKA does provide English as a Second Language (ESL) for foreign exchange students to help them better adapt to living in the United States. We also encourage families to work together with their students to help them better learn English. This could include games like Bananagram or Scrabble.