SOURCE: American Homestay International

July 09, 2007 19:50 ET

Travel Abroad This Summer Without Leaving Your Home by Using American Homestay International

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - July 9, 2007) - Rising gas prices can cause a family trip abroad this summer to be too expensive. Many Southern California families who love to travel and experience new cultures may be finding it more difficult to afford traveling abroad this summer due to the increasing cost in fuel. The rising prices influence all forms of transportation being automotive, air, and even by sea. So, how do families who wish to seek adventures and continue their international experiences? They host international students from all around the world. For the past ten years AHI (American Homestay International) has been placing foreign students with families in the Irvine, Newport Beach, and Huntington Beach, California areas. Each student brings a similar experience as if you actually traveled outside of U.S without leaving the comfort of your own home.

Another advantage to hosting an international student is that the families are offered $700 per month for the exchange of a private room and two meals day. Each student's length of stay ranges from short to long term, but on average lasts one month. Families who have previously hosted a student through AHI have their different reasons for their participation. However, they agree that this is a chance for the whole family to regularly become exposed to a different culture.

"My kids are even picking up Japanese," said Alisa Bower of Irvine.

Some families are involved with the Mother's help program of AHI. Students live with families for six months to one year, and conduct 20 hours a week of chores in exchange of room and board. Families have the double advantage of the cultural exposure along with helping out with daily necessities.

"It gives me the chance to focus on my at home business and my kids, which helps my family. We all learn about a new way of life," said Alyne Iseyama of San Clemente.

Students love to come to live with a host family in Orange County because it is not only a metropolitan environment, but they can experience firsthand the American way of life. By living with an American family they will be able to practice their English skills on a daily basis. Homestay is a cultural exchange for both the families and International Students.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    AHI is located at 4500 Campus Drive, # 280, Newport Beach, CA 92660.
    Tel: (949) 260-9600
    www.america-homestay.org