Do not hesitate to say that you don’t understand us and that you need for us to talk slower or repeat something that we have said.
A Typical Day Please feel free to make yourself completely at home, but if you use something, put it back. Please treat our house and our belongings with respect as we will still be living here after you return home. Thus applies to the computer, stereo, washer, dryer, TV, DVD, and all kitchen appliances.
We will show you how to operate everything in the house, but please do not hesitate to ask questions if we forget to tell you something. This may seem very early for you and you do not have to get up at this time.
The week’s meals are usually planned on Sunday and we purchase all food for the week on one trip.
Either one of us will start dinner depending on who gets home first so that dinner is ready between and pm.
Everyone helps to clean-up so that it gets done quickly. If you need to stay up later in order to study, you may as long as you are quiet.
Actually, it is more like a survival manual for living in our home.
Our host-family rules began ten years ago as a two page document, but each exchange student has left her mark on the rules with an added paragraph here and there…the girls laugh because they know exactly for which parts they are responsible.
The length has also grown since AYUSA began requiring certain things to be included, particularly in the area of internet use and safety.
Written rules help the exchange student to integrate more quickly into the family.
They aid the student in learning the normal routine of the home and the unwritten rules of the household.
Additionally, exchange students usually arrive with a much stronger command of written language rather than spoken.
I am posting our host-family rules not as a shining example of how they should be written, but simply as an example. Never be afraid to ask questions about anything that you do not understand!
Every host family is unique with its own routines, quirks, and tolerances; therefore, each set of host-family rules should be unique as well. We know that we often use slang and colloquial expressions that are hard to understand.