Homestays are a unique opportunity to host one or more international visitors for anywhere from a couple nights to a full month. Compared to WorldDinners, homestay hosts are able to make deeper connections with their guests as these programs provide a longer period of contact and even more opportunities to share ideas about cultural values and ways of life. Participants in these programs want to experience a full immersion of American society and are eager to share their friendship.


2020 Homestay Hosting Opportunities

WorldDenver's needs for homestay hosts vary throughout the year. We are anticipating the following homestay needs in 2020:

YOUTH AMBASSADORS:  January 29 - February 10, 2020
18 high school participants and 2 adult mentors from Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua

OPEN WORLD: February 14-22, 2020
6 professionals from Russia

*Partial commitments will be accepted, however full commitments are preferred.

**Please note we will be posting additional opportunities for 2020. If you are interested in hosting for our 2020 programs, WorldDenver will need to have you complete a new application to keep in compliance with the State Department. A new home check and background check will be requested if it has been more than a year since your last one.



Responsibilities and Requirements

WorldDenver facilitates several programs a year that require homestay elements. When the needs for a particular program have been identified, an advisory will be sent out with the specific details to ask for homestay hosts. The responsibilities and requirements listed below are the minimum criteria which WorldDenver expects all applicants to fulfill. However, some programs may have more or differing criteria depending on the objectives of the program and other circumstances. If you have concerns about fulfilling the expectations outlined below (particularly driving requirements), please keep in mind that there is often some flexibility.


  • Allow WorldDenver staff to conduct a home visit, household interview, and background check for everyone in the home over the age of 18

  • Attend an in-person or virtual orientation prior to participant arrival


  • Provide a welcoming home that is respectful of other cultures

  • Treat your guest(s) like a member of your family

  • Share your favorite cultural parts of the city and state with the visitors

  • Provide a room with an individual bed and access to a shared bathroom

  • Provide 2 meals per day Monday-Friday and 3 meals per day on weekends (dietary restrictions may apply)

  • Transportation

    • Youth: drop-off/pick-up at WorldDenver office near City Park, Monday – Friday

    • Professionals: public transportation to/from worksite placements, Monday – Friday


  • Travel the world without leaving your home!

  • Establish strong connections with impressive young leaders from around the world

  • Serve as a citizen diplomat and help promote stronger relations with other countries

Important note: Homestay hosts are expected to fulfill all of the expectations listed above as unpaid volunteers and will not be compensated by WorldDenver in any way.

For more information, please contact our Program Manager:

Megan Maher
Program Coordinator
[email protected]