Details!

All the stuff you want to know before you host!

YEAR/SEMESTER (many countries)

To make a comparison easier, we've made the differences between the two programs in red.

Who can host? Host families come in all sizes and shapes.  Single parents, couples without children, empty nesters, families with young children or teenagers... all are invited to apply!

If we don't have a teenager, won't an exchange student be bored?  No, because the international students go to school all day, and participate in after-school activities, just like everyone else.  The exchange students have plenty of interaction with American teens!

Can we host two?  Yes!  The students must speak different languages, and agree to having two in the house.

Can we choose our own student? Yes! Often families like to host students with specific interests, like a sport or a shared interest. After you complete the application process, you can see all the students' information.  Before that, you could ask Jill to search for a specific type of student (for example, a boy, 15, plays soccer).  Jill can hold the student for you for  a few days while you complete all the rest of the paperwork.

What do hosts provide? Housing, three meals a day, transportation to activities (school bus is fine),  and loving support.

I don't know if we have room in our house?  A private bedroom is not required, and students can share a room with host sibling (as long as they are less than four years apart in age). They do need their own bed.  Bunk beds are fine! 🙂

Are host families paid? No, under the rules of the J-1 visa the students come into the USA under, it is all voluntary. Students pay for their own expenses. If you are interested in hosting, and the costs are a problem, maybe the summer program works for you?

When do the students come in? 10 months for academic year, about 5 months for semester students.

When do they go home?  Students return home by June 30th (or two weeks after the semester ends if they only come for the first semester).

What about medical needs?  All students have health insurance.  They all have complete physicals before they come, and they have complete vaccination records to share with the school.

Can I host for a shorter time?  Yes, you can be a temporary host, who hosts while another family is unable (perhaps they are traveling or have a family obligation).

Isn't a year a really long time?  Actually, because the student goes out every day to school, and is involved in so many things, the year flies by!  But there are also some semester-long students, too (limited numbers!), if that works better for you?

What if it doesn't work out?  If the situation really is not working out, and you've tried to work through it unsuccessfully, the student will be placed with another family.  There are rules (for example, exchange students cannot do drugs, drink alcohol, drive, or have low grades).  In a lot of ways, these students can't do the things that cause parents the most concern!

Where are the students placed?  Jill works with Brattleboro and the immediate area.  (The program places throughout the USA, and she can refer you.)

Where would we go to pick up our student? Students come into the airport closest to you. Hosts pick up their students and return to the airport with them at the end.

What do I have to do to get started? For this program, hosts need to complete an application form online (this will take at least 15 minutes), complete a criminal background check, and have a home visit and interview with Jill.

Are there specific students for specific schools?  Currently, Brattleboro Union High School usually screens 10 students after April 30th.  Up until that date, host families can choose from anyone in the database.  After April 30th, hosts for BUHS will choose between those already selected.

What happens if we parents need to travel?  There are families that are fully vetted, and will temporarily host your student.

What if we want to go away?  Students can travel with their hosts; some forms just have to be completed.  Students would pay their own way.  However, if it doesn't work for the student to go with, there are families who would host temporarily.

More questions?  Let Jill know! 

SUMMER STUDENTS (Spain only)

To make comparison easier, we've made the difference between the two programs in red.

Who can host? Host families come in all sizes and shapes.  Single parents, couples without children, empty nesters, families with young children or teenagers... all are invited to apply!

If we don't have a teenager, won't an exchange student be bored?  Perhaps?  It depends on what you have going on in your neighborhood.  Contact us to discuss your specific situation.  Also, perhaps the academic year (or semester) program works better for you?

What if we have younger kids?  No problem!  They will have a big brother or sister!

Can we host two?  No.  Since all are from Spain, they would end up speaking too much Spanish.  Often families host with friends, and it makes the experience even more fun for everyone.

Can we choose our own student? Yes! All of them are on the website as soon as they come into Global Cow.

What do hosts provide? Housing, three meals a day, transportation to the bus for the two activities (Boston and Six Flags),  and loving support.

I don't know if we have room in our house?  A private bedroom is not required, and students can share a room with host sibling. They do need their own bed.  Bunk beds are fine! 🙂

Are host families paid? No, but we can help with a grocery card if you feel that would help. Students do pay for their own expenses while they are here.

When do the students come in?  Late June (see calendar above for specific dates for this year).

When do the students leave?  Late July (see calendar above for specific dates for this year).

Are there special events with this?  Yes!   The program arranges transportation for the students to go to Boston, and another day to go to Six Flags.  Families are welcome to come along, just paying their own entrances.  Also, we hope that all hosts and students attend the welcome potluck supper and the farewell potluck supper.  There are a few other optional activities, too, like bowling and a drive-in movie theater.

What about medical needs?  All students have health insurance for anything that is needed.

Can I host for a shorter time?  Ideally, we hope families can commit to the full  3 1/2 weeks.  But if you are really excited about hosting, and can't do the entire time, let us know.  Sometimes we do split a student's stay between two families.

What if it doesn't work out?  If the situation really is not working out, and you've tried to work through it unsuccessfully, the student will be placed with another family.  There are rules (for example, exchange students cannot do drugs, drink alcohol or drive.) In a lot of ways, these students can't do the things that cause parents the most concern!

What do we do to get started?  Complete the on-line application form!  It will take about 10 minutes.  Jill will also visit your home.

Where are the students placed?  For the summer program, typically the students are within an hour radius from Brattleboro:  Keene and Hinsdale, NH....  Brattleboro, Wilmington, Halifax, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, Vernon, VT... Greenfield, South Hadley, Northampton, Amherst, Springfield, MA...

Where will we pick up our student?  The students will come in by charter bus from Boston, with the program.  The host families normally pick up in Holyoke, Northampton, Greenfield, Brattleboro and Keene.  Exact schedules and times vary every year.

Where will our student leave from for the trips and at the end?  Students leave from the same location as the drop off. Families will not have to drive too far.

When can I pick my student?  The students for the summer program are all listed on the website.  As soon as you choose one, just let Jill know!

More questions?  Let Jill know!