Youth For Understanding Ghana

International Cultural Exchange Programs

                                                                  HOST FAMILY

  QUALIFICATIONS

      The most important qualification for becoming a YFU host family is the genuine desire to share your heart, home and way of life with a visitor from another country so that he or she becomes a true member of your family for the duration of the program.

There are no "typical" YFU host families. Our host families come from all walks of life and represent different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

                                                               RESPONSBILITIES

          Beyond sharing your daily family life with your visitor, YFU host families' responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide a safe, supportive and nurturing environment appropriate to the age of the visitor.
  • Provide an appropriate sleeping area for your new family member. Teenage participants can share a bedroom with a child of the same gender and similar age, but must have his or her own bed, a place to study, and a space to keep his or her belongings. Adult participants should, whenever possible, have their own room for sleeping, although two participants hosted by one family can share a bedroom.
  • Provide all meals eaten at home. This does not include school lunches or meals eaten away from home. Attend the host family orientation conducted by a YFU representative before the arrival of the visitor.
  • Be flexible, understanding and communicative with the new family member in order to assist him or her in adjusting to the Ghanaian and the family's way of life.

YFU SUPPORT

YFU provides support for host families from the time a placement is made until the end of the program. This support comes from both the Area Representative (AR) in your community as well as the national office staff. The AR, and the national office staff when needed, will offer guidance, counseling, and program information throughout the program duration to both the host family and the participant. In addition, the AR will conduct a host family orientation before the visitor arrives. Finally, program officials are available 24 hours a day for emergencies.

HOW TO BECOME A HOST FAMILY

 

Prospective host families must complete a Host Family Application, which is an introduction to you and your family. Once the application has been submitted, an in-home interview will be conducted by the YFU AR or an official from the National Office.

HOW HOST FAMILIES ARE PAIRED WITH STUDENTS

After being accepted as a YFU host family, your family will choose your new family member by reviewing program participants' applications with the AR. The AR works very hard to match participants and host families whose interests and backgrounds are compatible

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