Live The American Cultural Experience!
Homestays through the American Homestay Network are designed to promote a deep, personal cultural exchange between our host families and the international students who become their guests. Whether students come for a few weeks or several school years, the benefits of our homestays lay the foundation for a rich and successful lifetime experience for both the student and host:
- More Flexibility: AHN homestays can range from an immersive family experience or a B&B-styled stay, to a room rental in one of our host homes. From a few weeks to a full academic year, we help students and hosts customize a homestay to match their needs.
- Better Cultural Immersion: International students are wanting to have an authentic American experience — including food, entertainment, shops, and sightseeing. AHN host families and local managers make these exciting new experiences possible and help bridge the cultural divide, while supporting English language skills (as appropriate) through daily conversation.
- More Support: Homestay guests not only benefit from the care and oversight of their host families, but each is assigned to a local homestay manager for back-up support. Guests also receive a 24/7 emergency phone number.
- Increased Safety: To ensure that each homestay is entirely safe, our homestay hosts must complete a comprehensive certification program, including in-home interviews, training and assessments, national background checks, home inspections, and routine communications with local AHN managers. This ensures that we maintain the high standards that the American International Education Industry expects from the American Homestay Network.
“I have been a host for a couple of years now, as you are aware students are of differing cultures and traditions, also a variety of age groups. I find, possibly due to my age, I become a mentor and confidant for most of my students. It lets me know I am doing something right. Of course there is the occasional one that is not ideal but generally speaking, hosting is a unique inspiring experience. So who will knock on my door next? Not knowing is all part of the experience, open the door and open your heart …”
“The whole experience has been life changing. Saying goodbye was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. So for now until we see her again we will remember and treasure the moments we all had together. I’m truly grateful that American Homestay Network made this all possible. Thank you!”