Frequently Asked questions:
Q: How will I know what I need to bring with me?
A: We will send you a packing list with the items you’ll need in order to be comfortable on your homestay.
Q: Who will I stay with?
A: You will stay with a host family that has been carefully selected by one of our partner organizations.
Q: What will my host family be like?
A: Host families come from many different family circumstances. Just as all of our students are different, so are all of our host families. The members of our families are individuals with specific likes, dislikes, interests, habits and customs that are likely to be charming however different from your own. You will not be treated as a guest, but as a member of your host family.
Q: Who will help me if I need it?
A: The local coordinator in your homestay community is available to help you throughout the scholarship experience.
Q: What role does AILI play in the scholarship homestay experience?
A: AILI staff is available to you and the host family 24 hours a day. Please do not hesitate to call with questions or concerns. It is extremely important that you contact your coordinator immediately should any misunderstanding occur with the host family or if you should have any complaints or concerns.
Q: What are my responsibilities as a scholarship recipient?
A: As part of your responsibilities as a scholarship recipient you must send the Denver office weekly updates of your travels and experiences. Please send pictures too! We will post these on the AILI blog. Also, at the end of your travels, please send us a 1-2 page final “report” about what you’ve learned, what it meant to you, etc. Please also include tips for us or for next year’s students—the things you wish you’d known before you left.
Q: If I am awarded a scholarship, is my family required to host a student during that same season?
A: Yes. If you receive a scholarship, your family is required to host a student in the same homestay season. If you are a participant in a mutual exchange program, your family must agree to host the student whose family hosts you.
Q: If I am awarded an AILI Scholarship will my family receive a stipend for hosting the
mutual exchange student from the family that hosts me ?
A: No. Your family will not receive a homestay stipend for hosting a scholarship student.
Q: What kind of travel insurance is required for scholarship recipients?
A: Insurance coverage for your homestay is an important element of security and peace of mind for you, your parents and the host families. The coverage from AILI insurance begins upon boarding the airplane for the departure flight and terminates upon arrival of the return flight in the United States. If you have additional insurance, bring the information with you and give it to your coordinator upon arrival in your homestay community.
Q: What travel documents will I need to provide for my overseas visit?
A: You must have a current passport that will not expire within six months after you return from your overseas visit. If you are selected for the homestay in China, it will be necessary for you to purchase and obtain a visa. If you are traveling from China to Europe or the USA, it will be necessary for you to obtain and purchase a visa.
Thank you to all of our host families for your donation and making AILI possible!
Here is a video wrapping up all of our students experience! Enjoy.