How do I become a host?
If you are considering becoming a host, you probably have some questions about the process. Look below to find the answers to our most common questions. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call, our homestay coordinator Amy Ben-Ezra will be happy to fill you in on the details. We are always looking to add hosts to the ILI family!
The first step to becoming an ILI host is to fill out a Host Application and return it to our homestay coordinator Amy Ben-Ezra. After reviewing your application, Amy will be in touch to make an appointment to meet you at your home so that you can show where you’d like the student to stay, ask questions about the program, and chat a little bit about the experience of being a host.
After your in-home meeting with Amy, and upon mutual agreement, your name will be included on our list of available home-stay accommodations. When we find a student that we feel will be a good match for you in your home, we will contact you. We ask students to give us as much notice as possible to allow for their housing arrangements. From time to time, however, students arrive on very short notice. As a host, it’s entirely up to you if you are able to take a student on short notice, but if you’re up to it, please let us know. Prior to your student’s arrival, Amy will be in touch to pass on as much information as she can about the student that will be joining your home. All transportation to and from the airport is arranged by ILI.
Help your new student settle in! Show them around town, share a meal and talk about your interests. Amy will be in touch to make sure things are running smoothly. She will also check in throughout their stay to answer questions and follow up on any concerns that may arise.