ECI invites people in California who have an interest in learning about other cultures to host an international student. ECI does not provide homestays but can refer you to approved homestay organizations registered with the California Attorney General's Office. To find an organization in your area visit California Attorney Generals website
WHAT A HOST FAMILY PROVIDES
Host families are expected to provide:
- a clean, safe, and friendly home environment
- a separate room or a bed in a room shared with a child of the same gender and approximate age
- opportunities to practice English and participate in family activities
"You have done a great job. Everyone has had a wonderful time and a good cultural exchange. Alex loved going on the trip and it is so great to see him take a leadership role with the girls."
-host family, the Manning-Hodsons
"A very rewarding experience. Words cannot express it fully."
-host mother, Beverly
"The most difficult part was saying good bye."
-host parents, Mark & Sandi
"What a pleasure! We are so happy to have participated. You do a great job. Thanks!"
-host parents, Deborah & Jim
HOW TO APPLY TO BECOME A HOST FAMILY
The California Attorney General lists all registered homestay organizations and provides guidelines that registered organizations are to follow. Visit their website