RECRUITING HOST FAMILY’S!!!
Host families are crucial to Global Ties Akron because they provide a place to stay for international visitors, most especially international students attending The University of Akron. But host families are also much more than a place to stay. Host families provide a home away from home for visitors. Lasting relationships and memorable experiences are made.
Dinner Hospitality Hosts – Host an informal meeting with International Visitors over a home-cooked meal. It may be dinner in a host’s home or at a restaurant, or a social activity such as attendance at a local sporting or cultural event, a sightseeing trip, or a barbeque or picnic on a weekend. The hosts may be a family, a couple, or a single person. This is a very exciting and new experience for visitors. It is a wonderful two-way exchange of politics, similarities and differences, culture, family, professions, etc. and is one of the most beneficial ways for Americans and visitors to put a true face to the countries.
Home Stay Hosts Overnight – Host a visiting guest in your home with you and your family for a weekend, week, or month. Here is a chance to make lasting friendships with people from around the world, experience different and exciting cultures, and to hear first-hand what is happening in other countries. This is a unique opportunity to give guests a true perspective of the United States and create fond memories of generous and hospitable Akronites.
Role of Host Family
- Maintain regular contact and open communication with program administrators.
- Welcome your guest as a member of your family.
- Help your guest adapt to your family and to U.S. life and culture.
- Provide a safe and friendly home environment: a separate bed
- Provide an internet connection – guest may wish to use your computer to communicate with family-friends back home…
- Have food available for daily breakfast and dinner.
- Consult guest for food- preferences, dietary concerns.
- Assist with transportation to downtown Akron- most mornings and evenings pick up point will be Quaker Square lobby. Please let AIF coordinator know if assistance is needed with transportation for your guest(s). Group transportation will be arranged to get participants to all of their meetings.
- Familiarize your guest with your community and its resources
- Show respect for the culture and religious preferences of your guest. Religion tends to be a very private and individual concern. Please feel free to invite your guest to join you to a church service but do not expect them to attend.