Why should I consider hosting an international student?
Hosting an international student will provide your family with a very unique opportunity. You will be able to experience a different culture and learn about another country. You will be playing an important role in providing an amazing educational opportunity for a young person. Most importantly, you will have the chance to open your home to and share your faith with someone who does not know their Savior.
Who is eligible to host an international student?
Eligible host families are members or regular attenders of an Arizona Lutheran Academy Federation church. Host families can have small or teenage children at home, be empty-nesters with adult children, or be married couples with no children. English must be the primary language spoken in the home. Families shouldn't worry about being "too busy". The more opportunities the student has to experience real life in America, the better!
What is expected of international student host families?
As an international student host family, you will be expected to welcome the student into your home and provide care and support to the student as if they were a member of your own family. The student should have the opportunity to attend church every week. You will also need to include the student in your family's daily lives and events.
Families should provide students with their own bed and a bedroom. Sharing a bedroom with a sibling of the same gender and close in age is acceptable.
Three meals a day should be provided, along with snacks and any meals eaten together as a family in a restaurant.
Families will need to provide transportation to and from ALA for school, extra-curricular activities, and occasional social activities.
Students should be included in cultural experiences that your family would normally participate in. This can include trips to movies and museums, sporting events, or even family vacations.
Who are the international students?
Most ALA international students are from China and other Asian countries and have demonstrated high academic standards and a motivation to study abroad. In order to be accepted into the ALA International Student Program, they must demonstrate a commitment to academic motivation and possess solid grades, be in good general health and have obtained all visas and documentation in order to live and study in the United States legally.
All students have demonstrated a level of English proficiency to be able to succeed academically and adapt to American culture. Hosted students come with the desire to immerse themselves in English and improve their levels of proficiency.
International students have their own spending money to cover expenses such as clothing, supplies, school and social activities, etc. In addition, students have secondary medical insurance, so that in case of an emergency, the student can be treated as soon as possible.
Are host families compensated?
Yes. Families who allow an international student to become a part of their family for 10 months out of the year are compensated monthly for the cost of housing a student. Please contact our international office for more details.
What do I need to do to become a host family?
Those who wish to become a host family to an international student need to fill out an application form. Pages 5 and 6 of the form need to be filled out and sent in by your pastor. Click on the following link for the form.
International Student Program
Arizona Lutheran Academy
6036 South 27th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85041
Please note, application does not guarantee placement of a student with your family. Placement will depend on the number of students and host families that apply. ALA will do its best to match students with families that match their personalities and needs.
Who do I contact for more information?
For more information, please contact Lynnette Stahmann, International Student Program Coordinator via emailor at 602-268-8686 ext. 36.
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