Monday, February 6, 2012

Want to know More about hosting?

STEP is a 28 day homestay program for teens ages 16-17 years old, based in Pamplona, Spain.   Students earn this trip through  school by having the highest GPA in their class.
This is a great program for families with not only teenagers, but younger children or adults without children. Ask your friends and neighbors to host as well it's alot of fun to share the experience. Opening your door to a new culture, without the expense of traveling, can truly change your world and establish a friend for life!

Host Family Responsibilities: Host families provide a bed, 3 meals a day and transportation to and from student excursions. Families are also expected to pick-up their student and drop them off at Logan Airport in Boston   All students speak some English, travel with spending money and medical insurance.  Students are to be treated as members of your family and not a guest.  STEP takes care of all the big excursions, so your responsibility as a host  is to practice English with your student and integrate them into your daily summer routine.

The Host Family Application Process- The STEP application process is very simple.  You can fill out the application on line, you need to provide 2 reliable references. Simply email or mail the application to me, I will set-up a home visit at your convenience, this takes no more than 1/2 hour and the application is complete once the application is submittred and the references are checked.

How do I/we pick a student? Once the application process is complete,  you will have access to the student profiles (these will be available in April), you can choose a student who is compatible to you or you and your family.  We have boys and girls with many interests ranging from sports to music and theater, you can choose the student that is the best fit for your family.

Students will be attending full day excursions: .  Host Family members are welcome to attend excursions and enjoy the STEP discounts on travel, tickets and hotels.  Host families required to get their students to pick-up and drop locations for excursions. ( step covers all costs for students)
Field trips for each group  are,

Canobie Lake Park
3 days in NYC
Water Country

What if I've never hosted before?? Don't worry, I will be scheduling a host family orientation in June so that families can ask as many questions as they'd like so they feel they're 100% comfortable with hosting.
Group 1
June 28- July 24
Group 2
July 30- August 26
Group 3
August 3- August 28

Let's help promote global awareness! Spanish students are great role models for today's teens.  They are so gracious to come to America and experience an American home.  Most of the students and their hosts say this is the most rewarding experience they've ever had with memories that stay with them for the rest of their lives. So don't wait, sign up today.
Contact: Jennifer Souther 774-269-3526