In some school districts, Weiming students live with a host family for the academic year rather than staying in the Learning Center. This opportunity allows our students to be a part of a local family. Weiming USA works with our partner schools to match in-coming students with host families so that our students are provided with the most supportive learning environment. Staying with a host family allows Weiming students to develop long lasting friendships with their host family members, sharing American life and culture.
According to our past students, those who live with American families tend to learn American English faster than their peers, and are introduced to more nuanced parts of American culture. Many of our students report having a more positive opinion of American life since moving in with a homestay. We believe the students who choose to stay with a local family become valuable future partners in trade, international relations, and are taking the steps to become global leaders. Our students have said that when they return home to China, they bring with them a boarder world view back to their communities and have many positive stories to share of their time abroad.
Current host families are required to submit monthly reports on how each student in their care is fairing socially, academically, behaviorally, and mental and physical health wise. These reports keep Weiming up-to-date on students and their host family's relationship while allowing us to monitor potential problems. Below are excepts from these reports, showcasing our students' growth and American experiences.
"We have had such a fun month! My daughter is expecting a baby so my [exchange] girls have been helping me make centerpieces and party favors for my daughter's shower. [The girls] attended the baby shower, so that was a fun American tradition for them to see! We also attended the Thanksgiving Parade and even had grandstand seating. The girls have become very comfortable interacting with my extended family and they enjoyed our Thanksgiving dinner and traditions." - The A Family, November 2018
"We had a lot of fun with [our student] this month. We went to the...International Student Retreat where we picked apples and grapes, drove a boat, played table tennis, explored a corn maze, climbed a dune, and played games. The following week was Spirit Week at school. He participated by dressing up to win points for the senior class. The week culminated in the Homecoming Dance; [our student] invited some new friends to eat dinner at our house before going to the dance. They all had a lot of fun!" - The N Family, October 2018
"When [our student first arrived] last month, we had to work through food/cuisine adjustments but we are doing fine now. He has been so polite and thoughtful. He knows when to go to sleep, so waking up for school is not an issue. He has found ways to keep himself active while [our other exchange student] is not at home. He finds time to study and do his homework before coming down to sit with us in the evenings. He has started to make friends." - The W Family, September 2018