American Family Friendship Program

An international student hugs her host mother.                                An international student over break with a host family.

What does your "host" family do?

  • They will want to get to know you on a personal level. They will probably ask you many questions and be interested in learning about you, your experiences, and what life is like in your home country.
  • They can help answer your questions about life in the United States, Vermont, and the Castleton area.
  • They will invite you to spend time with them, possibly at their home. By inviting you into their home, they are sharing with you what an American household is like.
  • They may invite you on local trips to sites in Vermont, to eat at a local restaurant, to the cinema to see a film, or to join them for a holiday tradition.
  • You may invite them to campus for an event, a show, a game, or exhibit - something that you are involved with at Castleton.

What is not part of the "host" family experience?

  • You will NOT live in the home of your family.
  • You will NOT be expected to spend a lot of time with your family. Your main priority is as a student, so your family should not be offended if you say no to an invitation.
  • Your family is NOT necessarily an expert on your home country. You will both learn from one another.
  • Your family is NOT expected to help you with your problems such as financial troubles, immigration issues, legal disputes, health issues, or travel logistics. 

Please note: There are only general guidelines and suggestions. You and your host family decide together how much you wish to be involved in each other's lives. 

If you are interested in this program, please fill you the form below and Deborah Singiser will be in contact with you.