article host-a-studentThousands of families welcome their new WEP sons or daughters each year. Why should YOU consider hosting?

  • Discover a new world and culture through the personality of an international student.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of a lifestyle and way of thinking different from yours.
  • Enrich your family's life by ‘traveling’ the world from the comfort of your own home.
  • Establish long lasting friendships.
  • Share your country, culture and traditions.
  • See your student master his/her English, while working on your own foreign language skills.
  • Promote mutual understanding and respect by sharing your daily life with a young person from overseas.
  • Re-discover the beauty of your own country.
  • Make a difference for your family, your student, your neighborhood and your country!

YES! My family wants to host a WEP student,
and we are ready to get started!


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WEP-USA Host Family Application form!

Who can be a host family?

Host families come in all sizes and shapes, with or without children – even single persons can apply. The families are expected to provide meals taken at home, a private room (a room can be shared with a host sibling on short-term programs), and a quiet place to study. The host families are also expected to help their student to adjust to the American life and school. Single parents, retirees and empty nesters are welcome to apply. English has to be the first language spoken in the home.

Who are WEP students?

WEP students are boys and girls who are between 15 and 18 years old. They are at least intermediate-level English speakers, have strong academics, and are very excited to come to the U.S.

WEP European offices screen every applicant for leadership potential and maturity to make sure the student can thrive in a foreign environment. The students are selected as part of a three-step process, which includes an extensive written application, in-person interview, and group evaluations.

WEP-USA wants every student to make the right program choice. For this reason, a group of psychologists are invited to the evaluation meetings to assist with the student selection process. Using a protocol developed exclusively for WEP and refined in recent years, WEP-USA aims to better evaluate the different attitudes and motivations of its candidates. A combination of a test/interview and individual psychological assessment adds a broader insight into the student's personality, in addition to the evaluation of his/her educational achievements and language competency.

What is the host family vetting process?

As WEP students are international minors, there are a few required steps to ensure the well-being and safety of every participant on the program. Each host family interested in hosting a WEP student is asked to go through the same vetting process on all short & long term programs with WEP-USA:

  • The prospective Host Family fills out and submits an online WEP-USA Host Family application form (see the link below).
  • The Family submits criminal background checks for all members over 18 years old living in the home, including those turning 18 during the student's year.
  • A WEP-USA Support Counselor visits the family in their home for an in-person interview. The program expectations, policies and program rules are discussed at this stage, along with any concerns the host family or the counselor might express.
  • The Family submits two personal (non-relative) references to vouch for their good character to provide a student with a great American experience.
  • The Support Counselor conducts a home evaluation and submits 6 photos of the home to the national office for approval (front & back of the house, student's room & bathroom, living room, and kitchen). 
  • The Support Counselor contacts the high school of choice for long-term programs (private or public) to confirm the student's enrollment.
  • The Family confirms their commitment by signing a Host Family agreement, which makes the last page of the Host Family application.
  • When all the above steps are confirmed, completed and approved, the family is accepted into the WEP-USA program and may start communicating with their new son or daughter!

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