Help us provide a safe and enriching cultural opportunity for students studying abroad. Join our dedicated hosting community and experience the unique cultural exchange of homestay.
Interested in Hosting? Fill out this form and we'll send you more information! If you are ready to host, you can officially apply here.
Host families are given a generous monthly stipend to offset living costs of the international student.
Develop meaningful relationships that continue long after the student returns home.
We also handle billing and pay you directly, on time, via direct deposit.
Change the world by playing an important part in helping a young student achieve his or her dream.
We'll match you with students who we think would be most compatible with your family.
Homestay is where an international student stays in a properly managed hosted accommodation environment for a period of their study in a new country.
A homestay gives an international student the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in American culture by living in a warm and welcoming American household, rather than in an impersonal apartment, dorm or hotel.
The host family plays a unique and vital role in the international student experience. Host families provide a safe and welcoming environment, support and often help to bridge the cultural gap that students experience.
The host family's role is not to replace the student’s natural family. International students stay closely connected with their family and friends in their home country – often on a daily basis. The host family needs to respect the student’s culture and native family while also helping them to adjust to the home and culture they are currently living in.
Traditional families, non-traditional families, single people, roommates and friends living together – any person or group who is willing to share daily life with an international student can be a host!
We want our pool of host families to include a wide spectrum of families – families with different religious beliefs, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds.
We do not exclude any families who believe they can be amazing hosts.
As an SRS Concierge homestay host you must:
For full details and requirements, see our SRS Concierge Host Agreement, SRS Concierge Host Family Code of Conduct and SRS Concierge Host Family Standards of Student Care.
The initial host family application is a capture of basic personal and household information that should take only about 10-15 minutes to complete. The full process is outlined below:
We do advise you to take your time crafting the profile to ensure we get the best student matches possible.
We know that overhead costs and maintenance expenses can rise as a result of introducing a new temporary member to your family. For this reason, we provide an agreed upon stipend to cover these expenditures.
All hosts receive direct deposit hosting stipends every 2 weeks. The amounts vary based on:
We provide payments in a 2-week cycle because it means you get paid more frequently and always for the exact number of days you host. For a more in depth overview of payments, please contact your local SRS Concierge office and they will be more than happy to assist you.
For more information regarding payments, please see the SRS Concierge Host Reimbursement Policy.
Families will be issued a 1099 at the end of each tax year. Families should keep a close record of any expenditures for hosting and give it to their tax advisor.