Homestay Host FAQ

Homestay Host Frequently Asked Questions

Families like to volunteer to host because it presents a unique opportunity to expand cross-cultural understanding and to make new friends from all around the world.

You can also experience hosting an international student without a long term commitment.

We recruit host families by advertising on campus and by word of mouth. Our hosts normally have a connection to UConn in some way, perhaps a member of your host family is an employee or even a professor. We have many different types of families host including:

  • Hosts with children or without children
  • One-parent or two-parent families
  • One person households or multiple people in the household
  • Working hosts or retired hosts
  • Host with pets or without pets

Because we have many different types of families volunteer for homestay weekend, the participants will have the opportunity to share the homestay experience with the rest of the group and learn from the experience of others.

The number of participants per host varies depending on the number of bedrooms, beds, host preference for number of participants, and availability of hosts for the weekend. We will send either 1 or 2 participants, or up to a maximum of 3 per host.

Participants will have money from UConn for takeout/restaurant meals. When eating at home the host should absorb the cost of providing meals.

During the program, participants travel to cities such as Boston, New York, and New Haven. We recommend staying local so participants can experience typical weekend activities in your community.

You will be responsible for picking up and dropping of your participants from UConn’s Storrs campus.

Please send an email to Kaitlin at and she will send you a link to our online sign-up form.