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What is the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival?

For us in the United States, perhaps the most well-known (or even only known) Chinese holiday is Chinese New Year, which is usually celebrated sometime in January or February depending on the lunar calendar. (For more information on this most important Chinese holiday, check out our Chinese New Year primer) But what about China’s second biggest holiday and when is ...

Direct and Indirect Communication With Your International Student

As in any relationship, so much of a student and host family’s ability to get along comes down to communication. Especially in the first few months as everyone is getting to know each other, communication is vital to setting expectations and gaining trust. But when families and students come from different cultural backgrounds, good communication is not quite so easy ...

Welcoming An International Student Into Your Home

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, ...

Study Abroad in California at 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 for an International Student?

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 ...

What Is Chinese New Year? A Quick 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 ...

Growing Pains for the International Student Industry

Growing Challenges for the International Student Industry 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 ...

How Cultural Exchange and Study Abroad Builds Bridges

Getting Out of the Comfort Zone The 2016 United States presidential election has come and gone, and amidst all the noise, perhaps one thing has become clear – we 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 ...

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 ...

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