Legacy International > Get Involved > Host an International Visitor > FAQs – Host Family Experience
A. Families provide a spare bedroom for their guest. Functioning entirely in a second language can be very tiring and privacy at times is much appreciated. Families also provide two meals per day, usually breakfast and dinner to be eaten with the family or following the family’s normal routine. Assistance with personal laundry is also much appreciated!  (Your guest receives a modest per diem from Legacy to cover meals and other personal expenses while they are on official Legacy activities during weekdays.)  You may also find your guest being grateful for your help and guidance on best places to shop for gifts to bring home!
A. For most participants, this is their first trip to the United States and cultural activities or ordinary experiences are very interesting. Some suggestions include family activities, outdoor recreation, sporting events, shopping, activities your family typically volunteers for, or trips to local points of interest.
A. All  participants have conversational English skills. After your homestay application is accepted, specific information about your guests is provided.
A. International visitors are selected through a highly competitive process by a committee consisting of U.S. (Legacy) and local representatives, spearheaded by the U.S. Embassy of the region. Careful background checks and interviews are conducted with each candidate.  Selected participants represent the best and brightest of their communities.  Home stay placements are determined by matching mutual interests and needs of potential home hosts and guests with geographic proximity in relation to the program schedule.
A. If hosting for a weekend, we ask families to pick up and drop your guests at a central meeting point.  (This is typically on a Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon.)

When hosting for week, the family usually provides transportation to a specified drop-off site where a Legacy van transports participants to and from Legacy planned activities on weekdays during typical workday hours. Many times, host families who live near one another car pool.