This is a great program for families throughout Oregon and Washington who have teens at home. Since students on immersion programs don't have scheduled classes or other group activities, they are available to join you in all your favorite summer activities...whether that means biking around the neighborhood, meeting your relatives and friends, or joining host siblings at summer camp. The teens are looking forward to speaking English and to experiencing everyday life as part of your family.
If you don’t have teens at home, this program could still work for your family if you can introduce a student to teens in your extended family or circle of friends who are interested in regularly spending time with her or him.
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Frequently asked questions about immersion programs
What is expected of host families?
We ask that families provide three meals per day and a separate bed. With our teen programs, students can share a room with another student or a host sibling as long as they are of the same gender and close in age. The students have chosen a homestay program because they really want to practice their English and learn about American culture; therefore the most important role of our host families is to include them in day-to-day activities and conversations and make them feel like part of the family!
We don't have a separate bed--can the student sleep on an air mattress?
This is a common question! The students need to sleep in real beds. A good solution is for a host sibling to sleep on the air mattress and give the student his or her bed.
Our family doesn't fit the "mom and dad and two kids" model, can we still host?
Of course! Our host families come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you are a single parent, empty nesters, same-sex parents, a family with small children or "kids" that have already grown up, or a single individual, we would love to welcome you to our network. For immersion programs, the only requirement is that you have a teen at home who will be your studen'ts main companion.
What is expected of students?
The students are expected to make every effort to adapt to your family's schedule and way of life and use their English language skills! All students are screened by our partner organizations in their home countries and participate in orientations before their programs begin. Students and their parents also sign an agreement that spells out the program rules.
Do the students speak English?
Yes, and they really want to practice and improve their English! The students’ skill levels vary depending on their age, nationality, and prior experience with the language. In general, students who choose an Immersion Program are able to communicate in English better than those who choose a Study Program. However, since students on the Study Programs are studying English every day, they often improve rapidly and bring home fun, interactive homework to share with their host families. In any case, we have plenty of suggestions on how to make communication work across the language barrier. Smiles, funny drawings, gestures, and simple English phrases go a long way!
Do we need to speak our student's language?
No. In fact, if you happen to speak your student's language, we prefer that you don't use it. One of the main goals of all our students is to improve their English. The sooner they get used to working through the challenges of language immersion, the more progress they will make.It might seem helpful to offer to speak in your student's native language, but you can actually help more by speaking slowly, writing down difficult words, or trying to phrase things differently. It's fun to watch students get more comfortable with their English language skills each day!
Can our student join us on vacation?
In general, yes! Adding an international student to your family renunion or camping trip can add to the fun atmosphere. Our immersion programs are the best programs to accommodate summer travel.
What kind of support does ANDEO offer?
Before the arrival of your student, we will provide an in-home orientation that covers everything from cultural differences to suggestions for helping your student adapt to your way of life. Throughout the program, our hosting coordinators will be available to answer any questions you may have and to solve any issues that may arise. We are on-call 24-hours, in case of emergency. We want students and families to have a successful and rewarding homestay experience, and we do everything possible to help facilitate this goal.
What if our student becomes sick or injured?
All students are covered by medical and accident insurance. Coverage is comprehensive, except for eye and dental care (unless required as the result of an accident). The application form for minors includes a medical release formed signed by their parents/guardians. In case of illness or accident, we ask you to treat your student like your own child and act accordingly. If there is a serious problem, families should contact us as soon as possible so we can keep the student’s parents informed.