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Placement Process

All prospective host families must meet the USA Program guidelines in order to ensure that each intl. student in our program is provided with proper living conditions and care. We consider prospective host families from every race and ethnic background. USA Program is an equal opportunity (non-profit) organization. USA Program enlists host families from some of the following sources:

  • -> Churches
  • -> Word of Mouth/Friends
  • -> Families from the Private Schools
  • -> Previous Host Families
  • -> Private Clubs and Affiliations
  • -> Advertisements in Local Publications (newspapers/radio)

Each prospective host family must go through the following steps for determining acceptance in hosting the USA Program intl. student:

Step 1: Preliminary Phone Interview

When a family shows an interest in hosting a USA Program intl. student, a USA Program Local Representative promptly discusses the details and requirements of the USA Program and initiates the screening process by setting up an appointment for a home (personal) interview.

Step 2: Prospective Host Family Home Interview

A USA Program Local Representative conducts a personal interview at the prospective host family's home with all family members present and records his/her impressions for review and consideration. While at their home, the USA Program Local Representative will discuss USA Program rules, expectations, orientation, assistance (toll-free numbers), responsibilities, etc.

Step 3: Application Form and Host Family Welcome Letter/Pictures

If the prospective host family passes the initial personal interview conducted by the USA Program Local Representative, then the family is presented with and required to complete the Host Family Application package, which includes the "Host Family Application" form, Host Family Welcome Letter, Pictures, and local community info. Also in this package, the host family will receive the "USA Program Host Family Handbook" as a part of the USA Program Host Family Orientation.

Step 4: Reference Checks

The USA Program Local Representative will complete the "Local Representative Report" after he/she recommends the prospective host family. The USA Program Local Representative Report contains the Local Rep.'s opinion of the prospective host family as a unit, the private school, and his/her impression of the home/community. The USA Program Local Representative will contact all of the prospective host family's references to verify the ability of the family to host one of our intl. students. The Host Family Application, Welcome Letters/Pictures, and the Local Representative Report are sent to the USA Program’s main office in Texas for review and final approval.

Step 5: Final Approval & Match

Once the prospective host family is approved, the USA Program will match each intl. student with a host family according the "Student Matching Guidelines" form which includes hobbies, interests, personalities, preferences, school, etc.

USA Program takes deliberate steps to ensure that all of the intl. students participating in our private school program have a positive overall experience and ideal living arrangements. When USA Program determines that a family is eligible to host one of our intl. students, we must review several factors before final placement is arranged. Some important matching guidelines and preferences to which we give consideration include allergies, parents, siblings, lifestyle, religion, hobbies, and community.

Although the USA Program makes it a priority to carefully match intl. students and host families based on the information and preferences supplied to us, the intl. student and host family should expect some degree of diversity. Diversity is the very nature of any intercultural experience. By participating in an international student program, the intl. students will have a unique opportunity to learn and share many differences that will be of great value to their lives. They will broaden their cultural knowledge and experience a different way of life. The USA intl. student should always strive to view differences as an opportunity to learn something new. By keeping this in mind, their experience in the United States will be a success.