Q: Where will I live?
A. LTS families open their homes to LTStudies International students. This enriches your cultural experience and ensures a nurturing environment for your social, emotional, and academic growth.
Q: I am nervous about living with an American family. Will I fit in?
A. Being nervous is natural because you do not know what to expect. However, be assured that your homestay family is looking forward to meeting you, making you feel like part of the family, and learning about your experiences and culture. Remember, just be patient and give yourself and your new family time to adjust.
Q: Will my family help me with my schoolwork?
A. Just as parents help their own children with homework questions, your homestay parents will help you. Also, please remember that you are expected to call your teacher if you have questions!
Q: What if I get sick?
A. All international students have medical insurance either from their home country (if it covers them in the U.S.) or purchased through LTS. If your illness requires medical attention, your homestay family will take you to a physican. They will make certain they and you understand the diagnosis and treatment and will obtain any medication needed.
Q: Will I be able to practice my religion?
A. There are Christian churches and Jewish synagogues in our community. For those who practice other religions, the international program coordinator has a list of religious institutions available to you. You will never be required to attend the religious services that your homestay family attends.
Q: Will I be able to cook food from my own country?
A. Families ask to become homestay families because they want to share their home with you and experience your culture. Asking the homestay family if it is OK for you to cook breakfast or dinner is a welcome way to share your culture (Just remember to clean up!).
Q: What if I don’t like American food?
A. American food varies from home to home — remember America is a cultural melting pot. Like everyone, you will have certain likes and dislikes. After a period of adjustment in your homestay family, meals will become satisfying. Americans have a saying for their own children, “Try it, you might like it!”
Q: How do I get clothes I need or school supplies?
A. Clothes and school supplies are your financial responsibility. However, your homestay family will make certain you can obtain whatever you need to make your stay comfortable and your school experience successful.
Q: Can I use the family computer?
A. Permission to use the computer is usually granted. Be thoughtful of other users.
Q: Will I have to do chores?
A. Yes, just like any member of an American family, you will have some basic chores, such as keeping your room orderly and clean. Your chore load may be lighter because your homestay family understands that homework will take longer for you due to language barriers.
Q: What if we just don’t get along?
A. Please do not let problems become major issues. If your homestay family and/or you are experiencing difficulties, notify the International Program Coordinator right away. She will make every attempt to make your experience a memorable and happy one. Adjustments are possible.
Q: What is the best advice about living with an American family?
A. Always keep an open mind and try to experience everything you can.
Being YOU is the key!