Grace Academy invites Christian families to apply to serve as a host family for one or more international students. This ministry can be valuable and rewarding for both a family and the international student.
As International students enter the United States, they may experience new and difficult adjustments. Adapting to a new culture takes time, patience, perseverance, and often a sense of humor. With the support of a loving and nurturing family environment, students are more likely to be successful and gain the greatest benefit from their cross-cultural adventure. Grace Academy aims to have all international students attending the school live with an American host family during the time they are enrolled. Grace Academy families do receive compensation to cover the costs of providing a home for our international students.
It is Grace Academy’s earnest desire that both the host family and the international student will develop a strong relationship that encourages lasting friendships and ongoing growth for both parties.
Host Families provide:
The International student is expected to participate as a family member would in daily life. This includes:
Grace Academy is seeking host families who are genuinely interested in providing a nurturing home environment for an international student. The host family must be willing to work at overcoming difficult barriers and challenges that language and cultural barriers present as the relationships develop. All involved should be willing to be stretched and open to new ways of doing things and with patience, flexibility, perseverance, and creativity.
If you would like to learn more about hosting an international student, please contact Natelle Austin at Grace Academy at 360-659-8517.