Absolutely! All families can be considered as possible host families. Families come in all shapes and sizes. The primary criteria are enthusiasm and motivation to offer a French student the opportunity to experience American family life, strengthen their English skills, and explore Arizona.
No worries here! No French degree needed! All of the students will have had several years of English language classes. There is great variation in their conversational skills and it is incredibly rewarding to watch their English blossom in the few weeks they stay with your family.
French students are carefully screened for their motivation, their open-mindedness, compatibility, and adaptability. Many of the students may have traveled with ATL to other locations within Europe and the US and their behavior has been documented. Their applications, which are shown to potential host families, will include information about their families, their schooling, their personal preferences, activities, and a personal letter describing their motivation for participating. As a group, the students come from families with high goals for their children, and they seek to improve their English and broaden their international skill set.
Host families are asked to try to create as many opportunities as possible for their guest student to practice English while experiencing typical American life. Students are fully insured against a variety of risks and will bring their own spending money.
Let us say, we LOVE busy families! Your agenda is completely within your discretion. Students can travel with host families and love to come with you on whatever activities your family enjoys! There will be one day trip for the students to the Grand Canyon and a BBQ for all students and their host families. We enjoy seeing how each family builds a tailored experience that reflects their interests, priorities and family time.
This is difficult to answer- the students often have a wide range of experiences. Some may feel immediately comfortable immersing themselves in a new family and in English conversation; others may present as more reserved and quiet, especially for the first few days as they acclimate to your family. Some may have traveled extensively, while others may find everything about a state like Arizona new. Some will be making their very first trip to the United States so foods like peanut butter and corn -on- the- cob may be foreign. Places like Taco Bell and Starbucks may be new and even hard to find special treats. All are teenagers, which means they typically love all foods, tv, movies, computers, shopping, recreational and athletic activities as well as time spent socializing.
Families benefit from the chance to experience their own lives through the lens of a student from another culture. It's a natural and fantastic chance to build an international and possibly life long friendship. Hosting opens you and your children to another's perspective, language and culture. It's an exciting way to share your interests and family life and state with someone who is eager to learn, grow and explore.