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HOST A STUDENT

Over the years, the LCL student body has been passionate about doing fundraisers for international ministries.  We have had international students attend the school, which has helped drive the love for international ministry.  Initially,  international students were attending LCL because they had family in the area or were connected with a particular agency. Then we came to the realization that 90% of these students have not been introduced to Christianity.  This is when we started growing the number of international students at LCL. We believe this is an essential part of LCL's ministry, to actively bring international students to the school to share Christ. 

To do so, we are looking for Christians who are willing to open up their homes and host a student.  The ministry is even more powerful if the international students are living with Christian families and attending church on the weekends. 

Be The Light Of The World

In Europe, Christianity is on the decline with more and more people identifying as atheists.  In many areas of Asia, it is unsafe to be a Christian.  People practice underground or simply have never been introduced to our loving God.  The rest of the world varies greatly depending on the specific country.  What an amazing mission field!  To share the light in our hearts with the world.  It is our prayer that the students return to their home country to boldly share the light of Christ with their family and friends.

To help encourage the international students to learn about Christ and develop a spiritual life has been such a blessing both for the international students, but also for our student body. Over the last few years, we have had international student baptisms.  We watched our own domestic students grow in their spiritual life as they talk about Christ with an international student.  Eyes are opened as stories are shared from both cultures in the classroom.  Cultural appreciation, understanding, and empathy have grown in our student body. 

Meet A Student

In this video, meet Tita who is an international student from Croatia.  Her story is why the international program is such an amazing ministry.  She is a great representation of other international students that are interested in studying at LCL and are looking for a host family.

A Family Experience

Many say hosting an international student is one of the best experiences they have had as a family.  In life, you often have many individual experiences.  There are very few opportunities where you can experience something together as a family.  

  • Initially, the hosted student will have fun bettering their English while responding to their new surroundings.  Lots of laughter is sure to follow as they discover differences between the USA and their home country.   
  • Your eyes might be opened too as you realize things that are common to you are not common in other areas of the world.  It is fascinating to learn about your student's own culture and language through conversations, cooking together, church, holidays, and simply doing life together as a family. 
  • As the year progresses, the relationship with your student will deepen.  Your family will draw close to this new family member after sharing many experiences together. 
  • A sad and joyful goodbye will come very quickly when your student packs to return to their home country.  Many families keep in touch with their host students by visiting their home country, inviting them back to the USA for a holiday or wedding, or through letters.
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Having an international student in your home is a lot like adopting a teenage son or daughter overseas for a short period of time.  The student will follow your house rules, help with chores, and are eager to be involved in your family activities.  The student is looking to be part of your family and not expecting to be treated any differently. 

The Process

Once you decide you would like to host a student, this is what you can expect.

  1. You identify specific characteristics in the student that you would like such as gender or nationality.  We work to match students with families that have similar personality traits and hobbies.
  2. We will confirm you are able to provide the student meals, transportation, a private bedroom (or a shared bedroom with the same sex and close in age), and you are 25 years or older.
  3. A home visit will be scheduled to ensure your family and home are a good fit.  
  4. We will provide you with student profiles with their pictures, names, and interests.  You can select the student(s) you would like to host.   All of the students presented to you will have been pre-vetted by their agency and LCL to ensure they have good academic standing, fine character, and proven the ability to get along with others.
  5. Mr. Phil Wingfield will work with the student's agency to enroll the student at LCL, secure their visa, obtain their medical insurance, and schedule their arrival dates.  Mr. Phil Wingfield can pick them up from the airport or you can.  
  6. You get to meet your new family member!  
Community Support

Meet the team behind your family that is helping you support the international student.

  • Student's Agency & Local Coordinator: 
    • This is who the students work with in their home country to find and get placed at LCL.  The agencies often provide 24/7 phone support to help resolve any issues that might arise with the student such as emergency situations or cultural adjustment. Most of the agencies we are partnered with have a local coordinator that will meet you during the initial home visit and do home check-ins throughout the year.  
  • LCL's International Team:  
    • Mr. Phillip Wingfield is the Director of World Cultures for the LHSAGM.  Mr. Wingfield has over 35 years in education and over 15 years of experience with international students and securing visas.  He will help the student with the application to LCL, securing a J1 or F1 Visa, travel, and anything they need until their first day of school.  He is also available 24/7 for emergencies and questions/concerns.
    • Dr. Patricia Wouters is the Director of ESL for the LHSAGM.  She has 30 years in English special needs instruction experience and is a resource  for your family if students are struggling academically.  
    • Diane Jakubowski is LCL's School Counselor and can be utilized for counseling support for an international student just like a domestic student.  
  • Other Host Families
    • You will be connected to other families who are hosting students or had previous experience hosting.  Sometimes it is nice to connect with other host families to share experiences or help with transportation.  

 

Learn more by contacting us!  Either by completing the interest form or by contacting Mr. Carson Cantwell or Mr. Seth Bahr.  We will answer all of your questions and if we foresee any concerns, we will bring them up.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions 
  1. Where do most of the International Students come from? The majority of International Students seeking a host family are coming from Europe and Asia.  However, we have had students come from all over the world!  In the past, students have attended from the following countries: Albania, Brazil, China, Croatia, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Macadeonia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam.  
  2. How long do most of the students stay at the school? If a student comes on a J1 Visa, they are here for one semester or one year.  They are looking for a cultural immersion emphasis within the program. If a student comes on an F1 Visa, they will likely be here for multiple years.  These students are looking to get deeply involved with the school's academics and extra-curriculars for admittance to a top University.
  3. How long is a host family expected to keep an International Student in their home? It is entirely up to the host family to determine how long a student will stay with them. Some families will host for a semester, other families will host for two semesters and others may keep the student for extended years. Most students are only here for a year and if the experience is going well the student will stay with the family for the year. Some families get two families to split the experience for a year.
  4. Do the International Students stay for the summer? Once the school year is over the International Students return to their home country for the summertime. If a student decides to stay for a full year, compensation is paid to the host family for the time the student would be here during the summertime.
  5. What financial assistance is paid to host families for hosting an International Student? If a student is coming on the J1 Visa, there is no money paid to the host family. Students are expected to pay for vacation trips, family weekend getaways, and similar activities unless the host family decided to include the student and cover the costs.  If a student is coming on the F1 Visa, there is typically a host family stipend, which varies depending on the agency sending the student.  
  6. What are host families expected to provide? Meals at home, internet access, transportation to and from school, a private bedroom, close access to a bathroom, and other common living provisions that are given to the host's own children.
  7. How much should a host family expect an International Student to participate in family activities? The International Students should be treated as though the student was your own son or daughter. Do not change your normal family habits or pattern of life for the sake of the International Student. They need to learn to adjust to the way of life of the family they have moved in with.
  8. What banking and cell phone needs with the International Students have access to? Most of the students come with credit cards so access to a bank is not necessary. Most students come with a phone and stay connected to their plan in their home country.
  9. Are the International Students allowed to travel out of the state or able to attend family vacations that might include overnight stays? Yes. The only requirement regarding out-of-state travel is that the school be notified as to the destination and that the student is able to be reached in case there is an emergency in the student’s family back in his or her home country.
  10. Do the International Students have Medical Insurance and coverage in case of an emergency? Students come with insurance that is provided through their company and ultimately to their home country or the insurance is taken care of by the school. Direct payment is made to the medical provider from the students’ insurance company. All claims must be submitted in an appropriate manner as directed by the company on the USA side of the arrangement.
  11. What school activities are the International Students allowed to participate in? The International Students are encouraged to participate in any co-curricular activities they might find an interest in. The more students are immersed in the school programs and offerings the sooner they begin to feel and function as “true” students within a school community. They should be encouraged to participate in things they may have never tried before. The local Athletic Director will help facilitate the appropriate WIAA forms for participation.
  12. What is a typical day in the life of a high school student like in most European countries? Students spend close to the same number of hours in their home country as they would here in the USA. Sports are usually hosted outside of the school community so participating in a school sport in the USA is totally different.
  13. What should the expectation of the host family be for a day in the life of an International student living in America be? The International Students must learn to adjust the typical lifestyle of an American student and family. If you notice the student showing more anxiety then normal, do not hesitate to contact the school counsel, the agency, or the LHSAGM World Cultures Team.
  14. What will the International Students struggle with the most? Being away from their families in their home country. Becoming more independent sooner than they are used to.  Having more leisure time and being tempted to use their time here in a way that may not please their parents back home. Their parents desire an experience that is academic, cultural, and experiential.  Host families play a critical role in providing all the above for the student.

 

Seth Bahr
Seth Bahr, World Cultures Student Services Manager
pwingfield@lhsagm.org |
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Dr. Patricia Alvara, Director of ESL
palvara@martinlutherhs.org |
Alisa Schultz 2021-2022
Alisa Polzin, World Cultures Liaison
apolzin@lakecountryhs.org |