Desirable Traits
  • Been in the community
  • Well connected in the community (PTA, Booster Club)
  • Enjoy volunteering
  • Experienced with teenagers with parental instincts
  • Approachable demeanor
  • Financially Stable
  • Have a lot of Free time
  • Well versed in American culture (language)
  • Technologically competant
  • Experience Abroad would be nice!
  • Foreign Language would be nice!
Red Flags
  • Young people
  • Job-oriented or looking for jobs
  • Idealistic (about student behavior or host family abilities)
  • Money hungry
  • Bitter or harsh
  • Not good with technology
  • Never interacted with teens before
  • Sick or ill
  • Too busy
Recruiting Ideas
  • Ask a school administrator
  • Reach out to previous or current host families or local coordinators
  • Sleuth the school website (Find PTA, Booster Club, Foreign Language Teacher, Alumni, Fundraising/Development, Volunteers)
  • Facebook the school page and active parents
  • Volunteer website (either national or local)
  • Craiglist as a last resort
  • Look on google maps for local groups – churches, community centers, sports facilities, etc.
  • Look at the student’s interests and reach out those same interest groups locally
  • Go for the second tier people who do not get inundated with requests