EMS Host Family Information

Each year EMHS welcomes five or more students to our community who need a host home. If you enjoy getting to know new people, want to share hospitality, and make a different in a young person's life, this might be the perfect opportunity for you and your family!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What countries do the students come from?

A: Students come from many countries, including the United States. Most of our international students come from South Korea where we have a partnership with the Dosan Dream School.

Q: Do the international students speak English?

A: Students do pass an English language proficiency test before we accept them as EMS students. We hope that by placing students in English speaking families they will continue to increase their fluency. Even if their English is strong, however, host families should know that they will inevitably be tired -- especially in the early months of their time here -- navigating a second language and new culture.

Q: What ages are the students?

A: Students range in age from 14-18 year old. In other words, high school age students.

Q: Do I need to provide transportation for students?

A: Yes, host families are expected to provide transportation to and from school, as well as to activities that a normal high school student would take part in, such as sports activities and outings with friends.

Q: Do I get paid for hosting students?

A: Yes, host families are paid $625 per month per student for 10 months to help cover room and board.

Q: What is the schedule? Am I responsible for orientating and welcoming them to the area before school starts?

A: Marsha Thomas, EMS admissions counselor, and Sarah de Brun Mitch, international student advocate, work together to prepare for the students' arrival. The students will arrive a week to 10 days before school starts and take part in an orientation hosted by Ms. Thomas and Ms. Mitch. They coordinate with host families about all the logistics.

Q: Is there support for host families throughout the year? How will I know what to do in particularĀ situations?

A: As international student advocate, Ms. Mitch provides support to host families as guests navigate a new culture and routines. She is available to help trouble shoot and answer questions. She also hosts periodic activities for the international students together and for the students with their host families to enjoy together.

 

How to apply

Host families must complete an application process that includes some basic questions and a home visit from our international student advocate.

To learn more or to apply, contact:

Sarah de Brun Mitch, mitchs@easternmennonite.org or call 540-236-6000 and request a call back from Sarah.