- Welcome your student at the airport with a welcome sign, flowers, American or state flag and of course, smiles and hugs!
- Contact your student before s/he arrives to find out colors s/he likes so you can decorate his / her room.
- Print out pictures from your student’s photo album and put them in frames around the room.
- Find out other things your student likes that you could put in their room to make them feel more at home.
- Leave a small gift in his/her new room (toiletry set, travel guide, a small souvenir from the area such as a T-shirt from a local sports team, etc.)
- Give him/her a little time to settle in to his/her new surroundings. Don’t bombard your student with house rules and the proper way to run the washing machine on the first day!
- Ask your student if there is anything s/he needs and offer to take him/her to the pharmacy, supermarket, etc.
- Find out what kinds of food and drinks your student likes and have some on hand for his/her arrival.
- Give the student a tour of your hometown; drive them past their school and don’t forget to take them in to register, if that’s required.
- Show an interest in getting to know your student. S/he is your new family member, not a guest!
Do any seasoned host families out there have any other great ideas for welcoming a student? If so, please share in the comments below!
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