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Host Family Basics

Hosting a Le Monde intern brings a French-speaking young adult into your home, giving you the opportunity to learn about French culture and speak French in a casual, family setting. For many families, hosting an intern is the highlight of their children’s years in French Immersion and is the beginning of a lasting and valuable friendship. The sharing between an intern and host family has an enduring impact, opening doors in a way few Americans experience.

What will You Gain From Hosting…

You will gain friendship, understanding, knowledge and a connection to the world.
You will experience new tastes and customs.
Your children will learn from an international big sister or brother, which may benefit their own language studies.
Long-lasting relationships that may develop between your family and the intern may lead to ongoing exchanges of friendship and hospitality.
Learning about another culture may create new interests in travel and international issues.
You may also gain a new perspective of Americans and American culture as seen through the intern’s eyes. Perhaps you may broaden your own opinions, beliefs and values.

Host Families…

Provide voluntary room and board to one intern for a third to a half of the school year.
Receive no financial compensation for hosting an intern.
Interact with the intern as a member of the family and provide support and friendship.
Look forward to an exchange of French and American culture in their home.
Represent the wonderful diversity of American culture…working or single parents, families with stay-at-home moms or dads, families with young or older children, one child or many children.
Complete a Host Family Interest Survey to help match the interests and lifestyle of the intern to the family.

Realistic expectations of host families

Room and Board
Reasonable Transportation
Integrating Your Intern into the Community
English Help
Reasonable Computer Usage
Home Internet access that doesn’t tie up the phone line

Unrealistic expectations of host families

Financial Assistance
Long Distance Phone Calls
Use of Family Car
Family Vacations
Housing of Visitors: Family and Friends
Medical Insurance

If you are interested in participating as a Host Family, please fill out the Host Family Questionnaire.