Short Term Host Family

Short Term Host Family Application Form


Host Family Orientation

Expectations for host families providing for the guest students

  • Living arrangement that include private sleeping quarters and private or semi-private bathroom facilities.
  • Meals. Primarily breakfast and dinner.
  • Assist with transportation to the school in the morning and after school. Student may ride the school bus.


Host families may wish to

Provide opportunities for visits/cultural activities with the host family for after school or weekend free time (i.e., religious services, youth groups. sporting events, music concerts, etc.). It is okay to give them some down time.


Helpful information

  1. Clarify the "House Expectations." The students should be informed about the lifestyle of the host family, such as bedtime hours or expectations for use of telephone, television, and computer as well as light chores or responsibilities for each member. Be sure to ask the students how long it takes them to get ready in the morning and discuss with the students what time they need to wake up and when the bathroom will be available if they have to share it with others. Please allow students’ access to Wi-Fi so that they may contact their families in China.
  2. Household pets. Most of the Chinese students live in small urban apartments. With that in mind know that household pets, especially large dogs are not common in China. Be conscious of this when you "introduce" the students to the family pet.
  3. There will be a change in diet for the students. People from other cultures are not used to American food. Be sensitive to individual likes and dislikes. Your students will be willing to try new foods but may not initially eat much. Asian people are not used to eating raw vegetables and these foods may give them digestive problems. Cheese is not generally found in Asian diets and to them it is a very strange tasting food. Most non-northern Europeans have trouble digesting the lactose in dairy products. Chinese families have a substantial meal for breakfast that includes porridge of oats or rice, rolls with meat filling, some kind of vegetable, eggs, and tea. American toast and coffee breakfasts leave them hungry. If your family skips breakfast or is on a "toast and coffee" diet, encourage your student to make his/her own breakfast.
  4. Gift giving is a part of the Chinese culture. The students will likely come prepared with many small gifts. Accept their gifts with thanks and dignity. A small gift from you is appropriate but do not give them large gifts; remember everything must fit in their luggage. We plan on giving all of the students "Gahanna" backpacks when they arrive. In China, it is customary for some not to open gifts they receive in front of the giver.
  5. Recognize that protocol is important in the Chinese culture.Ask your students how they would like to be addressed. It may be they will ask you to call them by a first name, or more likely, by an English name. English names are often given to an individual when first learning English, perhaps by a second-grade teacher. Though in China, first names are reserved for good friends and family. It may be easier to ask the students to address you by your first name. Some students may even want to call you mom and dad. In Chinese society, the family name comes first, then the given name. This is the proper way to address an adult Chinese person.
  6. Travel Insurance.Students have travel insurance and should have a card to present to a doctor or hospital if a student is injured or becomes ill. If a student is injured or becomes ill, please contact us at our office (656) 657-3415.
  7. Students may become homesick while they are far away from home.If the student would like to talk to someone in Chinese, they may contact Minnie Han 614-477-6110.
  8. Bathing practices may be different in China than in the United States. You may need to encourage students by providing fresh towels daily and offering to let them do their laundry.
  9. Students bring spending money with them.We discourage loaning students money to purchase items while they are in the United States.
  10. ENJOY YOUR TIME WITH THE STUDENTS! This is a chance to get to know a little about the Chinese people and their rich culture.