Our guests mostly need a bed to sleep in (students ages 14-18 don’t need their own rooms, necessarily; young adults and adults will need their own rooms), breakfasts and dinners with the family (school lunches are covered by TVS), and a family who’s interested in sharing our culture and learning about theirs.
You can do what you normally do—you will just be sharing it with one more person!
Let your guest see what “normal” life is like in your home.
Play board or video games with them—with the whole family, if possible.
Help them adjust to our time zone and schedule by encouraging them to go to sleep and wake at healthy times (about 8 hours of sleep per night).
Try to learn some phrases/words in their language—they will feel honored and respected!
Include your guest in household chores and rules to make her or him feel part of the family (especially after a few days).
Avoid taking guests out to eat food from their country (unless they specifically request it).
Connect with the other TVS host families and do activities together.
Downtime is fine. Don’t feel that you have to “entertain” your guest constantly.
Don’t hesitate to contact the Director of Global Education or their Chaperone with questions, to share fun stories and pictures, or to report issues.
- Can I host more than one guest at a time?
- Can I host more than one guest in a year?
- What does a normal day look like?
- Is it better to host for longer or shorter stays?
- Can I leave my guest at home without an adult?
- What costs should I expect?
- What meals am I expected to make?
- What if my home isn’t big or fancy enough to host?
- What if we don’t speak their language?
- What do we do on the weekends?
- What if our guest gets ill/injured or there is a problem at school or home?
Global friendships start here.