How is the American Homestay Network (AHN) different from any other American homestay company?
The American Homestay Network (AHN) program is based on the leading and most successful standards based homestay network program in the world – the Australian Homestay Network. AHN provides more than just rooms for rent; we are committed to the highest quality homestay experience for every student and are raising the standards of homestay in the USA and globally.
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.
For more information, please read our Homestay Policy.
How is AHN raising the standards of homestay in America?
We’re a little different than more direct, peer-to-peer services in that we provide a full service approach to hosting. That means that we know exactly who hosts and students are staying with and what their background is. It also means that students and hosts have our support 24 hours a day in case there is a problem or emergency. We also handle billing and most collection activities for a hassle free homestay. We provide training on cultural understanding and making international guests and our hosts comfortable. Our processes ensure we prepare hosts and students to have the best experience possible in America.
AHN also 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 while adhering to our Homestay Policy.
Does AHN accept students of all ages, in all types of programs?
Yes. We have programs for high school, pathway, college and university students which can be both short and long term. All new students over 18 years old who are arriving for their first term of study are recommended to spend a minimum of their first 4 weeks in a properly managed AHN homestay prior to making longer term accommodation arrangements.
What are the benefits of developing a relationship with the American Homestay Network?
Educators who work with AHN 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 has been acknowledged by both Government and Industry for having the appropriate standards and raising the standards of homestay in Australia and we are now implementing them within the US.
AHN has developed special proprietary processes and system designed especially for the approving of appropriate host families and the matching of students to the right hosts through our own (Homestay Management System) HMS™ technology. 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.
Please contact your local AHN office to discuss partnering opportunities and a non-exclusive contract.
In return for the promotion of AHN Homestay to agents, parents and students, education providers will receive:
- Student Homestay Application Management
- Agent Homestay Relationship Management
- AHN System access, support and training for Institution and Agents
- AHN Host Management
- AHN Homestay Incident management
- AHN Homestay Payments management
- AHN Homestay Insurance as specified on the website for Host and Student
- Provision of reports as reasonably required by Institution
- Ongoing support (including marketing) as appropriate and required
- Clearly documented Policies for best practice Homestay operations
What services do you provide?
Our service offerings are comprehensive and provide a compelling reason for educators to work with AHN. 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, thorough background and screening process
- Airport transportation services
- Online cultural host training and testing
- Online student orientation
- 24/7 support line
Where do you currently have homestay hosts?
We have a fast growing community of homestay hosts in many States across the country. Please contact us to discuss your specific geographical homestay requirements or visit our locations page
What requirements does AHN hold for its hosts?
At AHN, we hold our hosts to the highest standards. Our hosts are thoroughly screened including a criminal background check and they are matched carefully with each student. Hosts are expected to welcome a student warmly into their home and help them become familiar with the American lifestyle so they are successful during their time in our program. AHN host families must speak clear and correct English and are expected to provide students with
- a clean, comfortable private bedroom with place to study
- a choice of meal plans
- inclusion in host activities based on student interest
- internet access
- access to public transportation
What is your relationship to the Australian Homestay Network?
The American Homestay Network was created in association with the Australian Homestay Network in order to bring their industry best practices to America. We are separate but affiliated organizations, but we share some common board members and have the same vision and goals.