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How does our homestay placement work?

When you or your representative (i.e. your relative, school, or agent) submits an online homestay application, IHA will assign a local or national homestay coordinator.  She or he will do the following:

    1. Works with your application and addresses any homestay concerns, questions, and preferences that you may have.
    2. Prepare a profile of you and your request and submit it to host families in the desired local area. Please ensure that your application is complete.
    3. Help you search and find a suitable and most affordable homestay accommodation close to school or workplace when possible.
    4. Prepare offer(s) and email it to your inbox, preferably more than one homestay suggestion for you to compare.
    5. Should you wish to book a homestay offer, she or he will assist you with securing the advance payment to reserve the homestay.
    6. Advance payment is usually up to 20% for long-term stays. Part of the advance payment is deductible from your overall homestay fees after the service fee.
    7. Help you set up an affordable payment plan with your host and sign a reasonable booking agreement with your host to that effect.
    8. When all set, she/he will connect you directly with your host to reconfirm your arrival plans; i.e. start date and time at the homestay.
    9. Will follow up with you and your host family after arrival to ensure satisfaction.
    10. Your coodinator will also contact you to review your homestay experience.

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