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Welcoming A New Student

The summer has flown by and here at AmeriStudent we’re getting ready to kick off the 2017-2018 school year! It’s an exciting time not just for our students who begin arriving in the U.S. to start their studies for the school year, but also for our host families! Welcoming a student into one’s home always produces a mix of anticipation ...

5 FREE Things to Do in Southern California

Sightseeing is such a great way for host families to bond with their students, creating shared memories and exploring the best the United States has to offer! Each family’s city has its own local character and sightseeing opportunities, but it’s always fun to venture a little further and take a student to see some of the more iconic sightseeing locations ...

CSIET Accreditation Update

At AmeriStudent, one of our top priorities is providing the best and safest homestays in the international student industry. But can’t any company claim that they’re doing the same? What sets AmeriStudent apart from other companies in the industry and how do we maintain integrity and accountability in this area? One way we do this is through our normal processes, ...

School Feature – Village Christian School

Occasionally, we’d like to feature some of AmeriStudent’s participating schools to highlight the fantastic institutions we partner with. This month, we’ll take a look at Village Christian School (VCS). – Located in Sun Valley, California, VCS is a private, non-denominational K-12 school with a beautiful 30-acre campus. The school is fully accredited and has had the great distinction of being ...

What Makes A Good Host Family?

Host families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some are couples with kids. Some are single parents or just plain single. Some are retirees with empty nests.¬† They are any ethnicity, any religion, and they have houses both big and small. So which arrangement is best? What is the “ideal” host family? When it comes down to it, ...

Growing AmeriStudent’s Impact

Did you know that AmeriStudent currently has students in four states? While the majority of our students are placed in California (ranging from Fresno on southward), we have a sprinkling of students in Connecticut, Michigan, and Texas. As we look to the future of our company, we desire to see our presence in each of those four states grow and ...

A Chinese New Year Primer

The Year of the Rooster is upon us as Saturday, January 28th marks Chinese New Year! Not sure what it’s all about? Here’s a rundown of the basics: Origins According to legend, a sea-dwelling monster named “Nian” would come up to the land every year on new year’s eve to eat people and livestock. Each year, the villagers in Nian’s ...

Striving for Excellence Amidst Industry Challenges

It’s always an exciting time for a company or industry to see rapid growth and a surge of interest in their product or service. But with this rapid growth come many new challenges, and an industry often finds itself scrambling to adapt to and address these issues even as things continue to move at lightning pace. This is absolutely the ...

Promoting Understanding Through Cultural Exchange

The 2016 United States presidential election has come and gone, and amidst all the noise, perhaps one thing has become clear Рwe all have room for improvement when it comes to understanding and listening to perspectives that differ from our own. We all generally like to surround ourselves with people who think like we do, who share the same worldviews, ...

AmeriStudent Catching the Industry by Storm – Study Abroad Programs

Study abroad programs Study abroad programs are nothing new. In fact, sending students to study overseas is a time-honored tradition that allows students to see the world and experience new countries and cultures, even as they further their academic pursuits. Unfortunately, the system for housing foreign exchange students has not changed significantly in decades, despite major technological innovations and a ...

How to Prepare a Bedroom for a Foreign Exchange Student

There are many benefits to hosting Foreign Exchange Student in your home, including the ability to make new friends and learn about another culture, the chance to help a motivated student expand his or her horizons, and even the opportunity to bring a bit of extra income into the household. But you will be living with a student for at ...

A Guide to International Celebrations for Host Families

There are certain annual events that nearly every country around the world celebrates, such as the arrival of the New Year (although there is more than one date attributed to this festivity, depending on country and culture). But most countries also celebrate a variety of holidays throughout the year that are linked to religion, history, honored persons, and more. Just ...

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