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Frequently Asked Questions

Student:
1. How can I be sure that I will have a good homestay experience?
2. What is the application deadline?

3. When do I receive my homestay placement information?
4. How should I pay the homestay fees?
5. Who will cook my meals?
6. How far are host families located from my school?
7. Will I have computer access or internet access at my homestay?
8. What do I need to do if I would like to end my homestay and move out from the host family?
9. Do you offer homestays to families?

Family:
1. How do we become an OvECS Host Family?
2. Are we good candidates for hosting?
3. Will we be compensated for hosting?
4. Will our student speak good English?
5. How will our student get around?
6. What kind of support will our family and student receive from OvECS?
7. What if our student needs medical attention?

STUDENT

How can I be sure that I will have a good homestay experience?

You should be open to new experiences. The US culture, customs, people, homes and cities are very different than your hometown. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about American culture. You will experience American style of living with an American host. If you have any problems while staying with your family, we are always available to help you. If you do not get along with your family at all, we will change your host family without any charge (1 time only). Please feel free to contact us by e-mail, phone, or fax.

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What is the application deadline?

We prefer to receive your application at least 30 days before your arrival. Although you may submit an application less than 7 days in advance, you may not be placed due to difficulty in locating an appropriate host family. Early applications are recommended.

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When do I receive my homestay placement information?

As soon as your placement is confirmed, we will send your host family information by e-mail, fax or mail at least three (3) days before your arrival.

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How should I pay the homestay fees?

You will pay OvECS Ltd. for the placement and processing fees (1 time charge only). You will then pay the host family for each 4 weeks you stay in their home.

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Who will cook my meals?

You will have a self-served continental breakfast (juice, cereal, toast, coffee/tea) in the morning. In the evening, you will have a prepared dinner with the family.

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How far are host families located from my school?

It may vary by location and your placement. Some of our host families are located within walking or biking distance from your school. Although every effort is made, there is no guarantee that you will be placed in walking or biking distance. Some of our students may be required to take a bus or train  ride to get to their school, and may take up to even one hour.

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Will I have computer access or internet access at my homestay?

Although some homes have both computer and internet access that you can use, it is not guaranteed. Most of our host families will allow you to bring your laptop computer and use their internet access.

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What do I need to do if I would like to end my homestay and move out from the host family?

You will need to let the family know at least 4 weeks before you expect to move. You will be responsible for the next four 4 weeks (2 weeks in San Diego) of rent, even if you do not stay with the family, if proper notification is not given.

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Do you offer homestays to families?

Although we specialize in private rooms for individuals, we can offer comfortable homestays to families based on availability. Please contact our office for specific details.

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FAMILY

How do we become an OvECS Host Family?

Once we receive your application, we will conduct an interview with your family members and complete a reference check. We will attempt to make the best family/student match, and introduce our student(s) profile(s) to your family. If you agree to take her or him, we will inform you of the student's arrival information.

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Are we good candidates for hosting?

Whether you are a married couple with children at home, a single-parent, an empty nester, or a grandparent, as long as you have some interests and extra bedroom, that's all you need! Somewhere in the world there is a student waiting to be matched with a family just like yours!

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Will we be compensated for hosting?

Yes. A great portion of the rent will be your compensation for hosting our students. Please contact us for details.

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Will our student speak good English?

Some students will be almost fluent, while others may have a stronger accent and use smaller words, depending on how many years they have been studying English. Immersed in school, your student's fluency will improve, oftentimes quickly and dramatically.

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How will our student get around?

We realize that families are very busy with work responsibilities and extracurricular activities. Some students will have cars and they often will purchase bicycles. They will need to take public buses whenever available. Your family will not be responsible for taking students to schools and picking up.

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What kind of support will our family and student receive from OvECS?

A professionally trained local homestay coordinator will be assigned to work with your family and student for their entire stay. The coordinator will stay in touch with you and your student, offering advice and support whenever needed. The coordinator will be supervised by the head office on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact your local coordinator or the head office.

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What if our student needs medical attention?

All international students are required to purchase health insurance that will cover any expenses by the school, if they should require a visit to the doctor.

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