Whether or not attending school in the United States is a beneficial and positive experience for our international students largely depends on the homestay arrangement. This is why the Host Family is the most integral part of the entire International Student Program. If the family and student are not matched together properly, the experience can be detrimental for all parties involved. The host not only becomes an active part in the student’s personal everyday life, they are also an essential participant in their academic life while tending to school matters on behalf of the student’s parents.
AOA does all it can to ensure that the students experience is positive. This begins with how we approach the application process, phone and in-home interviews, orientation and continual guidance and direction throughout the entire process. We will educate you on what to expect in regards to cultural differences, discuss the expectations of both you and your international student and how to best to work together to create as smooth a transition as possible. We will have an open dialogue with you and your student throughout the school year. This will foster good communication and address any issues in a timely manner.