Eighteen rising seniors from our North Cross–Xinhe School campus in Shanghai will be at North Cross for three weeks in May for intensive English courses in preparation for the SAT. Much of their time will be occupied with their studies and group travel; the tentative itinerary will be provided.
Whether for a few weeks or a school year, homestays provide great cultural-immersion opportunities for both North Cross families and the international students.
Each student will need a host family. Host families are required to provide a designated individual bedroom with a bed, dresser, and a desk as well as internet access. Host families are also asked to provide breakfast and dinner Monday through Friday and all meals on the weekends. The visiting students will have lunches at the school. A stipend is available.
If you are interested in this host family opportunity, please email Lauren Horner. If you would like to consider hosting a student another time, please let Lauren know, as well. There are other opportunities to host students from various countries for short term to longer term stays.
Thank you for your consideration.
“I knew my life at home would change when we decided to host a student from China, especially someone like Ocean, a young man of immense talent, humor and insight. We never had children of our own, so hosting would turn us into parents for the first time. Melissa and I were eager to show him what we like to eat, where we like to hike, and what we enjoy culturally. Since Ocean is a musician, we were excited to attend various concerts. Hosting has enhanced our lives in ways we could not anticipate. In the midst of the second year, the experience continues to enrich our lives in ways we never imagined.”
Hosting a child from another country for the second time, Sallie and I have been enriched by the experience and believe it has been an enlightening experience for our own girls. We've been able to learn about other countries and their cultures as we've tried to share our American culture and family experience with our international students. You learn a lot about yourselves and others and come away from the experience with a greater perspective of our and others' worlds. It is challenging, rewarding, tiring, and energizing and I recommend people consider hosting an international student for all that it brings.