Here are some helpful hints:
If at all possible, meet your student for the first time as they are getting
off the airplane, train, or bus when they arrive in this country. They will never forget
that moment and to have a friend meet them will relieve almost all their
concerns. You will be remembered for life.
When they arrive in your house bring them a glass and ask them, "What would
you like to drink water, juice, coke, or tea." (Don't just ask what would
you like to drink. In some cultures it would be impolite to accept an verbal
offer. But, a glass in their hand will let them know that you are serious
and them can accept.)
Encourage them to use E-Mail because the student get an E-Mail account
at the University. This is s good way to keep in touch. Also, try to set
a pattern of calling your International student at least twice per week.
Encourage your student to join you once a week for some activity or at
least one a month.
A home cooked Dinner is always good and dinner time provides an
opportunity to talk. Consistent visits help make you and your student
feel comfortable with each other.
Taking your student to church with you seems to be appreciated by most
of the students that we have hosted in the past.
Students are normally open to all types of your family activities such
as Birthday parties, hicking, Biking, picnics, visits to other family