Who are Host Families?
Host Families are traditional families (mother-father-children-relatives) however there are also single-parent families, retired couples and people who live alone (mostly women).
The only essential requirement is that there should be one competent adult in the home.
What does it mean to be a host family?
A host family provides; shelter, food, security and care for the exchange student or volunteer during his/her stay with the family. The key things mentioned above are given to the student without any fees.
Host families actually volunteers with good hearts willing to open up having a new family member so as to gain a cultural exchange and a long lasting friendship.
How should the family treat their host son, daughter, brother or sister?
A host sibling should be treated with care as well as respect.
They should not be seen as special guests in the home and their every whim should be priority of the family.
Rather, their concerns and needs should be given the same attention as that of the family’s biological children as they may be trying to adjust to their new environment.
What role does AFS Ghana play in hosting?
The organization would find a school for the exchange student to attend and community service project for the volunteer to work with.
We pay for school fees and also refund costs pertaining to the programme, such as transportation from home to school/project site and back and medical bills should it be necessary.