Host a Student - Introduction PDF Print E-mail

Hosting is open to any enthusiastic and willing family who has the means to share their life with a young person from abroad. Hostingis very rewarding andlife long friendships are often formed this way. The student exchange program is not reciprocal, howeverthe exchange student'sfamily is often very eager to meet their child's'South Africanfamily' and you maybe invited to visit their home country!

Be proudly South African! South Africa is becoming one of the most popular travel destinations and we as South Africans should be proud!Share the love of your country with a youngster from abroad and teach them about the South African way of life by letting them shareyour lifewith you. In return, they can teach you interesting things about their home country.Here are a few reasons to host from former host families:

1To learn about another culture

2To teach compromise and tolerance by example

3To encourage learning together a language and its culture

4To show gratitude for a child's exchange program

5To experience a program before perhaps sending a son or daughter

6To challenge family members to learn new and different customs

7To make life long international friends

8To impart asense of the bigger world or globalcommunity

9To give younger children an older international brother or sister

10To teach sharing the South African way of life

11To ensure a teenager fulfils his/her dreams about South Africa

12To have a companion with similar interests


A home visit and an interview are arranged with a Calvin-Thomas SA area representative before the decision is taken.