Compass USA Tooele Area

Compass USA Tooele Area
We need 20 Host Families for the Chinese Students who will be staying in the Tooele Area July 6th-20th 2017. We invite you to be one of them! If you have already registered to be a host family, click on the icon to be taken to the CompassUSA Host Family resources page

Here's What the Students Will Be Doing!

Here's What the Students Will Be Doing!
Host Famiilies need to take their students to class in the morning, and pick them up in the evening. They are welcome to participate in the activities with their students, but are not required to

Hosting is FUN!

Hosting is FUN!

* Learn about another culture and language without leaving home

* Unique opportunity to develop a new perspective of one's own culture

*Gain the satisfaction of sharing a personal view of American life and culture

*Families become closer as they share their lives with an international student

* Broadens younger children's perspectives on the world and gives families the chance to contribute to understanding among people.

* Many of the students become like members of the family and form relationships that last a lifetime.

* Provide the experience of a sibling-like relationship for their child

* Families with young children may want to provide an older sibling and role model but should not expect an au pair (child care) arrangement.

* Some host families just like the constant activity of having teens in the house, even if their own children are grown.

* Excellent opportunity and an educational experience for family

*Their family can come on events with the program - great summer activity

* Take a vacation without leaving home

* Host children can earn volunteer hours

* Boost a child's college application/resume

* Host family teen can apply for the AILI Scholarship to travel abroad.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Scholarship Opportunity for YOUR International Homestay!

Did you know that the siblings of our host families can apply for a scholarship to have their own international homestay in China, France, Italy or Spain next summer, ALL EXPENSES PAID!

Your teen does not need to speak another language to be able to participate in this Amazing opportunity! International Homestays look great on College Resumes and broaden your child's perspective and understanding of the world.  They will make new friends to last a lifetime!

Scholarship covers all expenses except for your personal passport and visa (visa is required for China Homestay only)

Host one of our students arriving from China in your home this summer, and get to know the homestay experience.  Then YOUR teens are eligible to apply for a scholarship to have their own homestay next summer!  There are multiple scholarships offered, and there has been a recipient from Tooele County for the past 3 years!

contact me to start your process!
CompassUSA.HeatherMiller@gmail.com


Thursday, March 9, 2017

You're Invited to be a Host Family with Compass USA

BE A HOST FAMILY!

Volunteer to Host an International Student
with Compass USA

Families of all shapes and sizes are welcome.
Hosting is rewarding and FUN!

         Who can be a Host Family?

  • Married couples with or without children, or a single parent
with at least one child living at home are invited to host.

  • English must be the primary language spoken in the home.

  • The student must have a private bedroom or share a private
room  with a family member of the same sex and similar age.  
The student must have her/his own bed

We love host families and we love students.
We especially love bringing you together
for a unique and special  homestay experience. !


Host Family FAQ

What are our responsibilities as a volunteer host family? 

It is most important to treat your student like a member of your family. Loving acceptance and guidance are the keys to being good host parents. It will be necessary to provide three meals a day, a private bedroom or shared bedroom with a bed for your student. Otherwise, just follow your regular routine and invite your student to join in on the family fun. Spending time together is the most important gift that you can share. Relax and HAVE FUN!

Will our student speak English?

The level of English that your student speaks will vary. It depends on the student’s age, experience and willingness to try. It is most important to give him or her a couple of days to “settle in”. Usually, English improves with rest and feeling comfortable and accepted. When all else fails, google translator or a bilingual dictionary will help smooth over the rough spots!

Why do the students choose homestay?

The Compass-USA student is coming to your home to learn about living in a different country. The impressions of our country that your international student will take home will be primarily formed through his or her relationship with your family and community.

What are the students like?

Our students come from many different cultures and family circumstances. Just as all Americans are different, so are all of our students. Many of our students are teens with specific likes, dislikes, interests, habits and customs that are likely to be charming however different from your own.

How much does it cost to host a student?

Normally, it is relatively inexpensive to host a Compass-USA student. Occasionally, some of our teenage boys are big eaters and they may raise your food bill a little bit. The students bring their own spending money so they can pay their admission to extra activities and special events. Some families find that they spend a little more because they do more activities during the homestay so they incur additional expenses for their own family members.

Does Compass USA pay host families? 

We value families that value our program and see hosting as an opportunity to learn and grow and make friends. Thus, we want families that genuinely appreciate the hosting experience and volunteer because the experience itself is rewarding. We do not want people to host because they are paid, but rather because they value international friendship and gaining intercultural understanding.

Host families receive a small weekly stipend to help defray expenses, but this is not regarded as pay. So, our host families are 100% VOLUNTEER and we are extremely grateful and proud of their contributions to our homestay program and our international students.

The homestay program is a unique opportunity for host families to actively experience true intercultural exchange within their own homes. Participants learn about the language and lifestyle of the United States firsthand from their host families. Each family member and each participant, acting as both ambassador and friend, learn from each other. Compass-USA host families believe that hosting a student is an important way to provide a rewarding and mutually beneficial experience for themselves and the participants.

What about insurance?

A comprehensive plan for medical coverage is available for all participants. They are insured for illness, injury, and loss of life. The coverage begins and ends on their flights to and from their home country.

Why homestay?

The homestay program is a unique opportunity for host families to actively experience true intercultural exchange within their own homes. Participants learn about the language and lifestyle of the United States firsthand from their host families. Each family member and each participant, acting as both ambassador and friend, learn from each other. Compass-USA host families believe that hosting a student is an important way to provide a rewarding and mutually beneficial experience for themselves and the participants.

What information do the students receive? 

Prior to their arrival, the students and host families receive a handbook and a list of our homestay guidelines. Some of the key points include:

Host families are VOLUNTEERS.

They live in all types of American homes.

The student may share a room with a host family child but will have his or her own bed.

American host families vary greatly. Some families are headed by two parents while others are single parent families.

Many of our host families have children; although some do not. Should the student be placed in a home without children or without children whose ages approximate the student's, the student will be introduced to other American teens.

The student will not be treated as a guest, but as a member of his or her host family.

The student will be included in the daily activities of the host family, but since many host parents work, family members may not be available to entertain him or her at all times.

The student is expected to interact and talk with the host family as much as possible.

The student is expected to obey host family rules and follow the family schedule.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

What People Are Saying...

 We love our Chinese girls.  I knew that it would be a  good experience but I  didn't know we  would have such love for these girls after just 2 weeks. Our family definitely grew.  These two  girls will forever be in my heart.  I still get emails from them, sending pictures and love.      
                                                                                                  -  Tammy, West Point, UT

We truly enjoyed having our foreign exchange students!! My kids learned such valuable lessons and now have a greater appreciation for the things they have. Things like having a yard with grass to play in, having only 7 hours of school instead of 10 hours, having siblings and pets to play with was so cherished by our Chinese students. We all gained such respect for our Chinese boys who showed us love, loyalty, appreciation, kindness and respect. We miss them so much and feel that two weeks was a great amount of time to get to know them, but could even be too little of time to appreciate all the things they can share and teach you and your family. They will forever be a part of our family!                                                                                                            -Butz family, Layton, UT

This experience was rewarding and so much fun for our family! Our kids taught us so much and we love them! The excitement they had for everything they did and learned here was fun to watch. It was hard to send them back after having them with us for two weeks, so we are grateful for technology that keeps us in touch!                                                                         -Janette, Hooper, UT


Being a host family for two Chinese students was a fun and rewarding experience for our family. Messi & Susan quickly became part of our family and got along great with our son (14) and daughter (9).  They came with a willingness to try new things and we had a great time sharing our family activities and culture with them.  It was also a great opportunity to meet other families from our community.                                                                                    -Danylos, West Point, UT

Do you have some reservations?

Has your family been considering hosting a student this summer, but you have some reservations or concerns? Read this blog entry of a host family who felt this way, and how they overcame those fears and had a wonderful experience with their student. Maybe their story can help you feel comfortable to go ahead and give me a call!
http://www.fourkidsandadog.com/?p=854

Matching Students and Families Soon!

If you want to experience this fun opportunity, email me at CompassUSA.HeatherMiller@gmail.com

We will be matching Host Families with their students soon, so the sooner the better!

The Students will be attending English Language and American Culture classes during the day. Their classroom will be in a Studio at 7087 North Lake Point Road in Lake Point Utah. The host families will provide transportation for their students to attend class. We will also be joining a group from Overlake for excursions and activities in the afternoon. They will be home with your family evenings and weekends, including a full day on Fridays. This is a great opportunity to do something fun with your student!

Join in the fun! Make great memories with your family this summer! Call, Text, or email now!

Heather Miller
Youth Program Coordinator
801-660-7616
CompassUSA.HeatherMiller@gmail.com

Click on the Picture to Learn About International Exchange Scholarships

Click on the Picture to Learn About International Exchange Scholarships
Siblings in Host Families qualify to apply for a scholarship to experience an International Exchange themselves! There has been a winner from Tooele each year!