Most students who come on Nacel Open Door, Inc. (NOD) programs describe the experience as their “dream come true.” You can help make that dream come true by choosing to host!
Your family can make a difference in the world by hosting an international student. Host Families learn first-hand about another culture from their student, and they give their student the opportunity to learn and experience American culture. The homestay experience enriches perspectives in a way that cannot be taught in theclassroom, read in a textbook, or seen in the movies.
It is simple to participate. We seek regular families, of all sizes and beliefs, who are willing to open theirlives, hearts, and homes to international students.
Each family has a Local Representative and a Coordinator, as well as the support of experienced National Office staff available 24/7, should the need arise. Your Local Representative will act as a liaison between you, your student, the school and the NOD National Office; all working together to allow you to have an enjoyable and worthwhile experience.
Our Host Family screening process is based on Department of State regulations, CSIET standards, and NOD policies of best practice. Student safety and well-being is our top priority. In order to host with NOD, a family must be willing to participate in our screening processes. All Host Family members over 18 years of age must completea criminal background check. A home visit is also required to ensure that the student will be safe and secure.
The questions we hear most from prospective Host Families are outlined in the FAQ section of our website. However, the decision to host an international student is very personal, and you may have additional questions. We are committed to offering you our support and encourage you to speak with our National Office or your Local Representative to make sure all of your questions are answered.