Q. How is the American Homestay Network (AHN-USA) different from any other American homestay company?
A. The American Homestay Network (AHN-USA) program is based on the leading and most successful homestay program in the world, the Australian Homestay Network (AHN-AU).
Our mission is to provide the safest, most successful homestay experiences for our students. We understand the concerns and issues from the perspectives of the families, the educators, and the agents. Our company was formed by a team of seasoned professionals who are all dedicated to the successful outcome of each and every homestay experience; we have the systems, processes, and overall approach in place to realize our objectives, as well as those of the students, hosts, agents, and educators.
We accomplish this goal through our proprietary processes of selecting and approving host families and matching students to the right hosts, as well as our provision of online training for hosts and students to prepare them for this unique multicultural experience. AHN-USA Homestay provides more than rooms for rent; we are raising the standards of homestay across the country.
AHN-USA provides a comprehensive suite of services that extend to everyone affiliated with our company. Our agents, students, educators, and hosts all have private access to an online communication portal, ensuring that we can efficiently and effectively manage the complexities of a national homestay business.
Q. What are the benefits of developing a relationship with AHN-USA?
A. Educators who work with AHN-USA receive the benefits of the decades of experience, processes, and systems that the Australian Homestay Network has accumulated over the years.
We understand the importance of successful homestay placements for your international students. Many students find that a homestay is the best way to achieve both language and cultural immersion as they launch their studies in America.
AHN-USA has secured a long-term exclusive global license for the HMS™ (Host Management System) technology used by the Australian Homestay Network. This system provides private access to track your students' progress with their applications, their homestay host matches, and their arrivals, as well as a complete history of all communications relating to their homestay experience. The system automatically makes routine email contact with the student and the host to ensure that the homestay is going smoothly. We conduct exit interviews with students and hosts to support our continued learning philosophy.
Q. What is your relationship to the Australian Homestay Network (AHN-AU) company?
A. AHN-USA was created in association with AHN-AU in order to bring their industry best practices to America. We are separate companies, but we share some common board members and have the same vision and goals.
Q. Does AHN -USA accept students of all ages, in all types of programs?
A. Our launch plan is focused primarily on educational institutions that will accept students who are entering post-secondary programs; these students are generally at least 18 years old. However, some hosts prefer to house younger students. If this is your market, please contact us directly for more information.
Q. What services do you provide?
A. Our service offerings are comprehensive and provide a compelling reason for educators to work with AHN-USA. Our program includes:
- Sophisticated matching for hosts and students
- The most comprehensive, automated homestay business-management software that manages all aspects of the transaction, including private communication portals for students, hosts, educators, and agents
- Automated payment services
- Proprietary, rigorous background and screening process
- Airport transportation services
- Online cultural host training and testing
- Online student orientation
- 24/7 critical-incident support line
Q. Where do you currently have homestay hosts?
A. We are launching our pilot project in Seattle, Washington in late 2012 and plan to place students in early 2013. Please contact us to discuss your specific geographical homestay requirements as we will be expanding nationally.