Host Family Program
September 11, 2009
Expectations and Do’s &Don’ts
• Being on Time
• Dress code
• Spending money
• Food restrictions/ allergies
• Maintaining contact/ ways of communication
• Pressure/ Hesitance
• Activities with Host Family
Being on Time
You and your Host Family have planned to
meet in the parking lot at 2:00pm. What time
do you arrive?
• None of the above, Host Family should call you
when they are at the parking lot.
Arrive on time.
Call if you are running late.
Preplan what time to meet .
Do not assume, always make sure to
confirm time and location.
KEEP YOUR WORD
If your Host Family invites you to a Christmas
party, what would you wear?
• Shorts and flip flops
• Dress pants and a nice shirt/ a nice dress or skirt
• Jeans and t-shirt
• Spiderman costume
Dress according to occasion
• Formal wear for parties and formal events.
• Casual wear for outings/ activities.
Dress according to season
• Light wear for summer.
• Warm clothing for winter.
Your Host Family takes you out for dinner. Who pays
for your meal?
• Host Family will pay for my meal because I am their
• I will pay for my own meal.
• If my Host Family offers to pay for my meal, I will
• Choices 2 and 3 are correct.
You are expected to pay for yourself
It is expected that you pay
for your own:
• movies, etc.
My Host Family (True or False):
• Will drive me anywhere I want to go. False
• Will occasionally take me out for grocery shopping. True
• Will take me out for movies every Friday. False
• Will drive me to an off-campus event, if I ask in True
• Will drive me in case of an emergency. True
Do not depend on Host Family
If you need to be driven somewhere (e.g. doctors
appointment or Secretary of State), ask in
Don’t be afraid to plan an activity or ask if they
can take you out for shopping on the weekend.
Realize that the Host Family may have prior time
Your Host Family has invited you over for dinner.
You do not recognize the ingredients in one
• You eat the dish because it would not be appropriate to
question the Host Family’s meal.
• You ask what ingredients are in the dish and then
decide if you should eat it or not.
• You simply refuse to eat the dish because you don’t
know what's in it.
When you are invited for dinner or lunch
at the Host Family’s house:
Do not feel obligated to eat everything the Host Family
If you are unsure of the ingredients in a dish, feel free to ask
Let them know prior to the dinner/lunch of your dietary
restrictions (example: Muslims don’t eat pork).
Inform the Host Family if you have any allergies (such as
peanuts or shell fish).
Its Monday and your Host Family leaves you a
message on your cell phone asking what activity you
would like to do on Saturday. You do which of the
• You call them back in 3 days to tell them that you would like
to go hiking on Saturday.
• You don’t call back, but wait for them to call you, assuming
that they will probably select an activity themselves.
• You call /email them as soon as you have
decided what you want to do on Saturday.
Communicate with your Host Family
Communicate with your Host Family at least
twice a month.
Answer their calls or emails.
Let them know what's the best way to contact
you (email vs. cell phone).
Ask them what's the best time and way to reach
them (e.g. call after 7 p.m. or email anytime).
Do not smoke in Host Family’s house. Please
Some Host Families will have pets. If you are
allergic to cats or dogs, let them know.
If you feel uncomfortable around animals, let
your Host Family know.
Offer to Pay (Not a requirement)
Feel free to offer your Host Family to pay
Offer to pitch in when ordering pizza.
Offer to pay for your Host Family’s drinks,
appetizer or dessert.
Feel free to take them out for dinner
or a movie.
Offer to cook a traditional dish for them.
Feel free to ask your Host Family questions, if you are
unsure about anything. For example:
• Where you can shop for clothes.
• Where you can purchase food.
• Where the bank is.
• Where the Secretary of State and Social Security
Be Polite and Courteous
Always remember to thank your Host Family.
Answer their questions politely.
Keep a positive approach.
Do not hesitate or feel pressured
If you are uncomfortable with an activity, feel
free to say NO.
If you don’t want to eat something, do not
hesitate to say NO.
Do not feel pressured to act a certain way.
Be yourself and have a good time!
What activities would you like to
do with your Host Family?
Thank you for joining
the Host Family Program