Host Family Criteria

Each family who turns in an application has a home visit interview with the Host Home Coordinator/ International Program Director. The coordinator will then have the family’s information placed before the IAB to be approved or denied as an appropriate host home. The Board is made up of Lynden Christian staff members including the IPD. The Board also places available students in approved host homes. While it will be attempted to make sure every approved host family gets a student, the committee may decide to place two students in one home even though not all families have had a student placed with them. While a host family does not have to be affiliated with Lynden Christian, potential host families should know that Lynden Christian does give highest priority to staff members and families who have children attending Lynden Christian. Host families need to also be aware that approval to host does not guarantee them a student. That depends on availability of students and the committee placement process.

The Host Family must have a home environment and lifestyle that indicates they will be able to fully support and care for an international student. This includes the appearance that a family will help their student navigate through challenges of starting school and support their student by attending their activities and helping them with typical needs any teenager would have in relation to school, activities, and personal life. Families need to make sure they have regular meals and help the student get lunches. It needs to be remembered that while the student needs to fit into your family and schedule, the family also needs to adjust to the needs of the student. The family has committed to this duty not only in a caring relationship for the student but also as a financial agreement to provide services.

While ideally a host home will want to have a student with them for the duration of their high school stay, a host family and student only needs to commit year by year, and the host family must also be reapproved to host their student for additional school years.

Host Family Requirements

  • Christians with regular church attendance
  • Internet access for student’s personal computer
  • Student must have their own room (occasionally exceptions made for sibling situations or when two students request to live together)
  • Ability to transport student to activities when the LC bus is not available and the family does not live in walking distance of the school

Listed below are additional criteria the committee will look for in a host home. While not all criteria has to be met to be a host home, the more criteria a family meets the more likely they will be approved and have a student placed with them.

  • Families with students who attend Lynden Christian
  • Staff members of Lynden Christian
  • Lynden Christian alumni or some other type of affiliation with LCS
  • Previous successful hosting experience.
  • Family lives in close proximity of the school.

Interested in Hosting an International Student?

A few of our students are graduating in June, but most of them are returning next semester. We will welcome them back if we have a home for each one. Yours might be the very best home for one of these students, and you are invited to ask the Lord if this is a ministry He is giving to you. The questions and answers below may satisfy some of your curiosity about hosting. If you have more questions, please contact our International Program Director at (360) 354-3221 or via email at hprice@lyncs.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the international students like?

The students are as diverse as the children in our homes. Most of the students currently applying to study here are from Asia, predominantly China, South Korea and Taiwan. They are intent on getting a western education. Some come as inquirers of Christianity, all come as God's creation. There is no one predominant personality common to the international students.

What do I provide for an international student?

You provide a room, a bed, closet/dresser space, a desk or quiet place to study, food, transportation to and from school, and the love and guidance you would provide for your own child.

What about tuition? Clothing? Other expenses?

Tuition is paid by the parents of the international student, and those arrangements are made directly between the school and the student's parents. Students usually open a bank account here, and pay for their own clothing, special cosmetics, hair cuts, extracurricular activities, and entertainment costs.

What about medical care?

Each student is required to have medical insurance coverage when they register at LCS. In case of a medical emergency, the student may be taken to the doctor of your choice or, of course, the nearest emergency care center. Any out-of-pocket medical costs are the student's responsibility.

Must I provide special foods?

The student is expected to eat what your family normally eats; however, it is part of the fun to experiment with international foods and introduce each other to a new cuisine. If the student requires unusual foods, those would also be his or her responsibility to purchase. Of course, if your entire family dines out, it would naturally be expected that you would include the student.

Is a host family paid anything?

You would receive a per semester stipend to cover your room and board costs. Students pay per semester. The stipend in 2013-14 will be $3,750 per semester.

How long will the student live with me?

Most families commit to a year, but there have been circumstances that require an earlier change. Often there is potential for a host family to host the same student for several years as many of our students come to get a high school diploma from Lynden Christian School. At the end of every year, every host family and student can re-evaluate.

Do I sign an agreement? Does the student sign an agreement?

Yes, both the hosts and the students sign an agreement. See Host Family Agreement Form and Student Home Stay Agreement Form below to see what these include.

What about transportation to and from school?

Students ride the school bus if possible. Of course, they may walk if close enough to school. Driving a student would be required if bus service is not available. Each family also does their best to accommodate the extracurricular activities, as you would normally do with your own child. Most students do not have a driver's license, and those who do are not allowed to drive the host family car.

What if I have to leave home for an overnight trip and can't take the student?

If you must travel without the international student, the student may not stay in your home for the duration of your trip, unless there is an adult present overnight. You may either ask a friend or relative to stay with the student, or the student may stay in someone else's home, such as a friend or family friend, if arrangements are made with the adults who will be responsible. If you are unable to find a temporary host, you may contact the International Program Director.

What if there are problems with the student's behavior?

If you are unable to resolve a matter with a student, you are invited to communicate with the International Program Director, and together decide what course of action to take. If there are special academic needs, these are addressed by the Special Academic Services director.

How do I become a host family?

Complete and return the Host Family Application to:

Mrs. Heidi Price
Lynden Christian Schools - International
515 Drayton Street
Lynden, WA 98264