1What are host families expected to provide?

Host families provide a private or shared bedroom, three meals a day, and transportation to and from school for their exchange student(s). Most importantly, they provide a safe, welcoming environment and a place as a member of their family. Aspect students have their own spending money. Host families are not financially responsible for things like new clothes, outings with friends, travel etc.

2Do we need to cover any medical expenses while the student is with us?

No. All Aspect students come fully insured on their own medical insurance plans.

3I don’t have any kids at home – can I still be a host family?

Absolutely! Aspect host families come in all shapes and sizes and reflect the diversity of American families. Host families can be adults 25 or older who are single or married, with or without children. Empty-nesters, retirees, families with young children, single adults, families with teenage children – you name it – all find hosting to be a rewarding experience.

4How is my family matched with a student?

Host families work with their Aspect coordinator to choose the student they would like to host. An approved host family can look at a student’s country of origin, language, interests, hobbies, personality, expectations etc. when considering who would fit in well with their family.

5Can we host more than one student at a time?

Yes, in many cases hosting two students at a time is possible. The students must speak different native languages and agree to a double placement.

6Will my student(s) speak English?

Yes! Aspect students are carefully screened for English proficiency and must take an exam to determine their fluency level. Living with your family and attending an American high school helps them to progress even further.

7What sort of support will we have as a host family?

Every host family works with a trained Aspect coordinator who helps them through the application and student placement process. Your family will receive an orientation and a handbook for reference before your student arrives, and you will have your coordinator as a valuable resource during the exchange year. A friendly and organized team of staff (Regional Managers, National Advisors and a full-time Headquarters office) works to ensure that everyone is having a great experience. Aspect Foundation also provides a 24-hour emergency hotline. Day or night, we pick up the phone.

8What is included in the application process?

Host families submit an online application, outlining their basic information, interests, schedules, community details, and expectations. Families also provide six photos of their family and home. Any member of the family living at home who is 18 years or older must submit information for a criminal background check. An Aspect International Coordinator conducts an in-home host family interview and checks three personal references during the screening process.

9How do I get started?

Fill out a short Host Family Information Form to learn more about hosting and to get connected with the Aspect International Coordinator in your area. Feel free to contact us at 1-800-US-YOUTH if you have any questions.