In addition to the support you’ll receive from the ETC office staff and your Local Coordinator
the Host Family Resource Center provides necessary forms and helpful links.
Adjustment and Conflict Issues
Conflict between student and host family is not uncommon. Causes of conflict include: failure to follow host family rules, weak adjustment effort and uncooperative attitude. Here’s some tips to help your student adjust. Adjusting to a New Culture
To complete your background check, first verify with the password verbally with an ETC representative by phoning 503-222-9803. Next, click the appropriate program link below, enter your password, and click “I agree” to log in. All information will remain private; only the last few digits of the social security number are made available to ETC when the results are verified through Intellicorp.
Differences in Religion and Spirituality
An open dialogue about the differences in religion/spirituality is a great opportunity for cross-cultural learning.
DOS Welcome Letter
The Department of State is deeply appreciative of the kindness and generosity in making this educational and cultural experience possible. See what more they have to say.
Emergency Contact Procedure
Who to contact at ETC for various issues or emergencies.
Five Simple Safety Tips for Host Families
Don’t forget that your newest family member comes from a very different background. What you may consider ‘obvious’ might be unfamiliar and foreign to him/her. By keeping these Five Simple Safety Tips in mind, you’ll be sure to create a happy and safe environment for your host child, both in your home and community.
Five Steps to Protecting our Children
Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children – Child abuse prevention and awareness flyer.
Host Family Preparation Letter
There’s so much to do before your student arrives, this letter will help you plan and prioritize.
Host Family Evaluation
Give us your feedback on your hosting experience.
Host Family’s Expectations for a Good Relationship
Expectation Worksheet includes great tips and advice to hosting a student from a foreign culture
Hosting FAQ’s Answers to many of the questions you have about hosting an international exchange student.
How to Make American Friends
Some students find it harder than others to make friends. Here are some tips from actual ETC Student’s to help your student make friends more easily.
Online Safety Tips for Teens
Internet and Cell Phone Safety: “It’s a Teen’s World” – what we need to know to educate and protect them.
Perceived Lack of English Ability
Some students may not be very communicative when they first arrive in the U.S. and communication in a foreign language is extremely tiring and can be frustrating. Regional accents and faster speech might make understanding language harder than anticipated. Depending upon the student’s cultural background or personality, he/she might feel embarrassed or too shy to ask people to repeat what they have said.
Safe Social Networking
Snapchat, Instagram, What’s APP, Twitter, Vine, KiK, Tango, Kakao, QQ – How do you know that YOUR TEEN is safe on these sites?
Student Adjustment Cycle
These stages are far from universal, but most students who arrive in August for a 10 month stay, experience many of these stages at different times and to different degrees during their stay. Acknowledgment of these stages may help you to better understand some of the feelings your student may experience.
Student Bank Account (W-8) Form
Please have the student use this form to open up a bank account in their own name. For the protection of the student and the host family, ETC requires that ONLY the students have their names associated with their bank account and that no host family member or person(s) other than the student have their names as co-signers, etc.
Many students have never managed their own money before and while host families cannot handle their student’s money, they can lend guidance and support. This budget helps students see what items cost in the USA and to plan ahead. Helping Your Teen Budget
Student Permission to Travel
Required form in order to travel. Please process this form at least 2 weeks in advance of the travel request.
Tips for Dealing with Conflict
Tips for Dealing with Conflict Every host family and exchange student will experience conflict at one point. How you deal with it will determine the success of your hosting experience.
Too Much Contact from Home
Many students deal with their feelings of homesickness and culture shock by seeking out close communication with family and friends from their home country. It is particularly tempting for students to reach out on a daily basis when home is just a “mouse-click” away. However, excessive communication with home will often contribute to feelings of homesickness and many students are not aware of this fact.
Welcoming Your Student – The Early Days
The Early Days As you begin your hosting journey, savor these gentle early days for they bring a sense of wonder and discovery you will hold forever in your heart. Your student will soon transition from weary young traveler to inquisitive explorer and will want your family to share in every new stage of the adventure.
Helpful ETC Family Links
Use this website to compare the United States with other countries. Find out specifics about your student’s home country (ex. population, size, government, disasters, dialects and languages, etc.) The website also offers a recommended reading list for great sources of information regarding a particular country. Utilize this information to better understand cultural aspects of your student which will make for an even better hosting experience!
World Clock – Find out what time it is in your student’s home country.