The FFIS Homestay Program matches international students with local community volunteers for a short-term homestay when the student first arrives in Lane County. Volunteers open their hearts and home to young adults far from home, helping them to get oriented and settled. The friendships built during that brief period often last well beyond when the student has returned to their native country. Homestay families have created many fond memories for the students that they’ve hosted.
FFIS host families hosted 95 incoming international students prior to the start of the fall term. This is what some of them had to say about their host family and their experiences in our Homestay Program:
What was the most challenging part of your FFIS homestay?
I don’t think I meet any challenge with the homestay family. (China)
Nothing was challenging I was very comfortable. (France)
Nothing noteworthy as a challenge. (Myanmar)
Don’t have any. (China)
I haven’t found any part of the program challenging. (Australia)
Actually, nothing was challenging for me because my host parents are so nice to me. (Japan)
Nothing at all. The hosts were very gracious and generous. They really made it convenient for me. Jim and Kathy are really amazing and they really did a stellar job, even going above and beyond. (Singapore)
Nothing whatsoever. (India)
If I need to pick one, I think it is language. But they always be patient to figure out what l say. (Taiwan)
I would say the program is wonderful and I can honestly say that the FFIS homestay has made my transition into the United States and Eugene very comfortable. (India)
It’s not the first time for me to stay at the host family’s house so I did not feel it was challenged. (South Korea)
The four-day homestay itself. Because it was the first time of visiting and staying with a foreign family alone. (Japan)
I think there’s nothing of challenging part. But I still have a little difficulty with speaking English, so the conversation with host family was the most challenging part for me. (Japan)
Getting used to some of the characteristics of their daily life. (Mexico)
For me all was new, so I think this together with the language was the most challenging part. (Italy)
Actually, there’re not many challenges here. They were so nice to me. If there’s one, that is the lack of my ability to speak English. If I could speak more fluently, I would talk a lot. (South Korea)
I had a lot of things I wanted to tell and talk with my FFIS host family, but I could not put them all in words well because of a lack of my English skills. (Japan)
There are usually more students wanting a homestay experience than there are available host families. If you’re not yet a volunteer, but are interested in learning more about the program, read the FAQ page or e-mail FFIS@UOregon.edu.