Host an International Student
International students need host families
Each quarter, Centralia College welcomes international students from Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Africa. They will come to study English, academics, science, and our way of life. Hosting an international student is an adventure into language, culture, and diversity, as well as smaller things like cuisine, folk stories, grandparents, and courtship. Our challenge is to find enough host families to embrace this wonderful adventure.
What is a host family?Many volunteers in the Centralia-Chehalis area have served as host families to our international students. The host family is expected to furnish the student with a private room with accommodations for sleep, study, and keeping their clothing and personal things secure. The host family will provide food for all meals, and generally is expected to prepare five meals a week in the home. There should be reasonable access to public transportation for the students, or they should be able to walk or bicycle to classes.
How do you benefit as a host family?
Hosts and students have fun learning to share their lives and friendships with one another. Families chosen to host an international student will receive a modest monthly stipend to help offset the costs of having another person in the household. Please contact International Programs to learn how you can share the experience of being a surrogate family to a young person far from their home and familiar surroundings. Call the International Programs Office at 360-736-9391, ext. 625 or ext. 492, and our staff would be happy to answer any questions about hosting international students.