The other component to our program and essentially it makes our program very different from the rest of the programs in CIPUSA is the 40+ host family “pool” that we have. Our host families are volunteers who are interested in our vision; open their homes and their hearts to the international professionals.

A host family will provide:

A private sleeping room- the professional will need some time to relax, study and communicate with their family through Skype, etc.

Meals – the professional will enjoy eating meals with you and discussing various topics. Breakfast and dinner are very important meal times. If possible, offer a bag lunch as well.

Orientation to the home – the professional will need a “how to” on many appliances in your home; on setting security alarms, doing laundry. Include them in daily chores.

Conversation and Socialization – the professionals will learn much talking to you! A part of the experience is to learn about American Culture.

Tender, Loving Care – the professional may get lonely or homesick. Offer to listen or to inform the host family coordinator and/or Program Coordinator. If the participant becomes ill, please take them to the doctor and/or inform the Program Coordinator. The participants do have insurance during their stay.

Transportation-the professional has free access to the PRT and to the City buses. Hosts can help them get to the PRT or show them the bus stop. It is important that the professional gets to their placement and to professional development classes. Between the host family, the transportation committee, the program coordinator and COMMUNICATION, transportation should be stress-free and not a burden to anyone

Participants are responsible for:

  • Other food, snack food (soda, candy…) and personal items (shampoo, toothpaste, laundry detergent ..) and any special food the participant requires.
  • Cleaning their own room & bathroom they use, washing their own clothes & sheets
  • Informing the host if they will miss the evening meal, be out very late or go out of town.
  • Contacting the host first, then WVCIP Coordinator, of any problems or concerns with the home.