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Join Our Global Family

GPI US offers families in the United States the opportunity to host international students. We believe homestay programs should provide international students with more than just simple accommodations. Both host families and international students learn from each others' culture, have the opportunity to make lifelong connections, and gain a deeper understanding of the global world. When you welcome an international student into your home, you are making lasting memories and are able to see first-hand the impact made on international students. Become a host family today!  

Why should you host with GPI US?

  1. It is a great opportunity to bring the world to your home.
  2. It is a rewarding experience to share your culture and language with international students.
  3. Most GPIUS programs are short-term, ranging from 1 week to 3 weeks.
  4. GPIUS provides local support 24/7 during the students’ stay.

Our International Students
Our international students are current students in middle school, high school, or university from Asia (mostly from Japan). The students always come to the United States with an adult chaperone who can act as liaison and emergency contact. Our international students also come on GPI US programs eager to learn new things.

Host Family Responsibilities
Provide a Bed
International students will need their own bed. For short-term homestays, interntaional student can share a room with your children.
Provide Meals
Host Families provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Please use dinner time for conversations and interactions with international students.
Provide Transportation
Host Families will provide transportation to and from their daily classes for most programs. GPI US allows and encourages carpooling among homestays hosting the same groups.
Share about your Daily Life
We encourage host families to share their culture and hospitality with international students they host. Our international students can learn the best when they have interactions with host families.

Process to Become a Host Family
1. Fill our Host Family Interest Form
Once we accept your interest form, you will be contacted by GPI US staff. GPI US staff are able to answer any questions you may have and explain GPI US Homestay Programs.
2. Complete Application
GPI US staff will proceed with asking interested Host Families to complete an official application form.
3. Screening Process
a) Schedule a home visit with GPI US staff.
b) Complete a background check (No Cost to the Host Family)

Current Host Family Opportunities
Program Durations: Ongoing (Staying 1 - 3 weeks)
Locations: Seattle Area (Lynnwood, Bothell, Mill Creek, Renton, Burien, & Normandy Park)

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Host Family Interest Form

❝Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.❞ – Maya Angelou