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Responsibilities and Expectations of Homestay Students and Parents

Responsibilities and Expectations of Homestay Students and Parents

HOMESTAY PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS OF HOMESTAY STUDENTS AND PARENTS

The student’s homestay experience is to be regarded as a sharing of cultures and not simply as room-and-board accommodations. Mid-Pacific Institute homestay students are expected to behave in ways that bring honor to themselves, their parents, their host family, and to Mid-Pacific Institute.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS:

  • Help with normal household chores.
  • Keep his/her room and living space neat and tidy.
  • Make every effort to adapt to his/her new lifestyle and to participate in the daily family routine.
  • Make every attempt to speak English in the homestay whenever possible.
  • Complete his/her bath within a reasonable time (20 minutes) so as to not infringe upon other family members.
  • Adhere to the Mid-Pacific Institute rules and regulations.
  • Discuss weekend or vacation plans in advance and get permission from host parent(s).
  • Will not have visitors over unless permission is obtained in advance from host parent(s).
  • Will call or notify host parent(s) whenever he/she will be home late.
  • May be expected to use personal funds to purchase personal items and to pay for entertainment activities (Example: If the student wants to go to the movies with friends on the weekend).
  • Highly recommended that before the homestay begins, parents set up a local bank account for their child to have access to extra money.
  • Pay for all long-distance or international phone calls, including monthly bills for a personal phone or cell phone, and fees.

FOOD:

  • It is the responsibility of the host family to provide a variety of nutritional, well-balanced meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) seven days a week.
  • Student should fit in with the host family’s mealtime schedule as much as possible.
  • Student is expected to help prepare food and clean up.
  • School lunch may be purchased during the week with the host family providing the money for lunch.
  • Dinner should be with the family.
  • Homestay parents should be notified of any food allergies of the student. Other allergies such as medication and environmental causes should also be discussed.

TRANSPORTATION:

  • It is the host family’s responsibility to arrange for transportation to and from school (including school activities such as sports practices and games, drama rehearsals, club meetings, etc.).
  • If the student catches the bus or walks to school, it is highly recommended that the host parent(s) ride the bus with the student to and from school at least once before the start of the school year so the student is familiar with the system.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to arrange transportation for non-school activities via local transportation or to coordinate transportation with the host family.

MEDICAL INSURANCE:

  • All students are required to obtain their own U.S.-recognized medical insurance.
  • Student must have a local physician before beginning the homestay program.
  • It is also recommended that the student have a local dentist.

ADHERENCE TO HOST FAMILY RULES AND HAWAII STATE LAWS:

  • Student will not engage in illegal activities. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of illegal drugs, underage alcohol consumption, and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or smoke tobacco.
  • Reasonable weekday and weekend curfews will be established by the host family and must be adhered to by the student. Individuals under the age of 16 have a legal curfew of 10:00 p.m.
  • Student will follow all rules established by the host family.
  • Student will engage in open communication with host parent(s) regarding household guidelines.
  • Student will respect the privacy and property of the members of his/her host family.

TERMINATION OF THE HOMESTAY PLACEMENT:

  • Host families have the right to request that the student be removed from their home at any time.
  • Student also has the right to request a move from his/her original placement at any time.
  • In either case, the Homestay Coordinator must be contacted and an investigation into the matter will take place immediately with appropriate action to follow.
  • Unless the student or any member of the host family is in imminent danger, both parties will need to adhere to the homestay contract until an appropriate placement change can occur.
  • The Mid-Pacific Institute Homestay Coordinator has the right to remove a student from a host family’s home at any time if there is any indication that the well-being of either party is being compromised.

HOMESTAY FEE:

  • The homestay cost is currently set at $1,500 per month and will be a direct transaction between the student’s family and the host family.
  • The host parent will serve as the primary guardian and in the event of an emergency will have the medical power of attorney.
  • Homestay fees must be paid by the first of each month, unless other arrangements have been made with the homestay family.

ADDITIONAL HOMESTAY FEES:

  • An additional non-refundable annual $500 fee must be paid to Mid-Pacific Institute, which ensures the coordination and continued monitoring of the homestay placement and the inclusion of the homestay students at social and cultural events throughout the year.
  • Coordination of homestay placement for new students will not begin until the $500 fee is paid.
  • The $500 fee must be paid by returning students by August 1 of each year.

STUDENT’S PARENT(S) RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Parent(s) will assist the host family and student with the transition.
  • Parent(s) will pay all costs and fees on time.
  • Parents will be available for contact in case of emergencies.
  • Parents will communicate openly with the Homestay Coordinator if there are any issues with the homestay placement.
  • Parents will have the student arrive at least 10 days before the start of school to purchase school uniforms (Mid-Pacific Institute polo shirts, collared button-down shirts, covered shoes, socks, appropriate length shorts, jeans/pants), physical education uniforms, school books, and any bulky items like bed linens, towels, or other personal items that are required.
  • Parents will ensure that the student has all of the necessary items to begin the school year and his/her homestay.

SUGGESTED LIST OF ITEMS FOR STUDENT:

  • Cash or access to cash (establish local bank account) *
  • U.S.-recognized medical insurance *
  • Local physician *
  • Passport/Visa for international students *
  • Wallet
  • Medications, including vitamins
  • School supplies
  • School bag or backpack
  • Computer with internet capabilities
  • Flash (thumb) drive
  • Alarm clock
  • Recreational clothing
  • Underwear
  • Pajamas/sleepwear
  • Slippers
  • Shoes and socks
  • Swimwear
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Comb and hairbrush
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Sunscreen
  • Bed linens and towels (Communicate with your host family as to whether or not they will provide towels, sheets, pillows, blanket, etc.)

* = Required

BY SUBMITTING YOUR HOMESTAY APPLICATION, YOU AND YOUR PARENT(S) AGREE TO THE TERMS LISTED IN THE HOMESTAY STUDENT AND PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPECTATIONS.