Homestays

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

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Information Sessions

Interested in learning more about the expectations and benefits of serving as a WorldDenver homestay host? Join us for an information meeting where you will have the opportunity to meet experienced hosts, learn about the program and ask questions. Light dinner/refreshments will be provided.

INFORMATION SESSION DATES               

January 21 @ 6:00pm: Hilltop/Lowry
Co-Hosted by Katy & Danny Hoenig and Donna Bryson & Fred Glick

January 31 @ 5:30pm: Stapleton
Co-Hosted by Lisa & Mark Shook and Jessica Gronich

February 9 @ 2:00pm: Hilltop
Hosted by Alise & Josh Kermisch

*Email Gergana@WorldDenver.org to RSVP and receive the address for the private residence where each event will be hosted. 

2019 Homestay Hosting Opportunities

WorldDenver's needs for homestay hosts vary throughout the year. We are anticipating the following homestay needs in 2019:

YOUTH AMBASSADORS PROGRAM WITH ARGENTINA AND CHILE
March 14 - 25, 2019
13 high school-aged participants + 2 adult mentors

YOUNG SOUTHEAST ASIAN LEADERS INITIATIVE 
May 1 - 25, 2019
4-6 young NGO leaders, ages 21-35

RUSSIAN BUSINESS LEADERS 
May 24 - June 17, 2019
4-6 young business leaders ages 21-30 

IRAQI YOUNG LEADERS EXCHANGE PROGRAM (Tentative)
Tentative dates: 2 weeks in July or August 2019
11-12 high school-aged participants and 1 adult mentor

PROFESSIONAL FELLOWS PROGRAM (Tentative) 
October 18 - November 19, 2019
4-8 participants, ages 21-35
Countries & Program Theme: To be determined

*Other opportunities may come up throughout the year.
*Partial commitments will be accepted, however full commitments are preferred.

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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.

ONBOARDING REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

 
GENERAL EXPECTATIONS/EXPERIENCE

  • 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


BENEFITS

  • 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:

Gergana Kostadinova
Program Manager
Gergana@WorldDenver.org
720-330-9289