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Host Family Program

What is the host family program about?

This is an optional program organized and overseen by the Office of Intercultural Life. Host families are volunteer families comprised of Monmouth College faculty, staff or members of the Monmouth community. They serve as families “away from home” to international students. Monmouth College’s host family program serves as an educational experience for both the family and also the International Student who the families volunteer to host. The program helps students learn about the many cultures that exist in the United States and at the same time helps individuals or families who choose to volunteer to learn about another culture or cultures. Students do not live with Host Families.

Host Family Program Placement

For Participating Students 

If you choose to participate in this program you would visit with your assigned family and learn from them as they learn from you. We will ask you to fill out a Host Family Student Placement Survey that we share with prospective families to help us gauge your interest in our host family program. If you are interested in being placed with a host family, please complete the survey and it will be automatically emailed back to the Office of Intercultural Life. There is no guarantee that every international student will be placed with a host family.

For Potential Host Families

Monmouth College is looking for families from Monmouth and adjoining areas to serve as a host family for our International Students in the fall and spring semesters of academic year.

Monmouth College’s host family program serves as an educational experience for both the family and also the International Student who the families volunteer to host. The program helps students learn about the many cultures that exist in the United States and at the same time helps individuals or families who choose to volunteer to learn about another culture or cultures.

Unlike host family programs in many other Colleges in the country, Monmouth College’s program does not require its students to live with their host families. Students live on campus. The program only aims for the families to share their holiday traditions, care, and support for someone who might be thousands of miles away from their homes, so the student gets a feeling of a home away from home.

If you are interested in being a host parent, please call Monmouth College Intercultural Life at 309-457-2428, or e-mail at iclife@monmouthcollege.edu.

Objectives of the host family program


 

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