Community Hosting and Homestay FAQs
How are Community Hosts and students matched?
As a part of the application to become a Community Host, host applicants specify any logistical considerations (pet ownership, diet, etcetera) and their involvements, hobbies, and interest in the program. Before the Student Orientation, incoming students are asked to submit a “Student Matching Form” which gathers parallel information. An ESFCOM committee then works to match the students and Community Hosts, first prioritizing logistical needs (e.g. not placing a student with allergies in a home with 2 dogs), then matching based on shared interests and involvements.
Can students bring a significant other or pet to their homestay?
No, out of respect for our Community Hosts, we request that our students do not ask if an additional guest or pet can stay with them during their Homestay.
Do students in the Spokane Learning Community participate in homestays?
No. As all our students in Spokane live primarily in Spokane for their first two years of their curriculum, the Spokane Community Hosts are not asked to provide homestays. The Spokane Community Hosts and their matched students do still participate in the Local Exposure Activities, Community Connections, and Community Nights together.
What if a student already has a place to stay in their assigned Learning Community?
We recognize that some of our students have significant others or familial obligations within their assigned Learning Community. These students are asked to contact the Community Hosting Coordinator. These students may opt out of the homestay portion of the program but will still be matched with a Community Host who will connect with that student for the other activities of the program (Local Exposure Activities, Community Connections, and Community Nights).
Are Community Hosts compensated?
No, the Community Hosting and Homestay Program is a volunteer program. Community Hosts are volunteers and do not receive stipends or any other form of formal compensation.