International students that attend Catholic schools in the Diocese of Davenport come from every corner of the globe and choose us for many reasons: our programs, our beautiful school campus', our Midwest location and our focus on teaching. Students find that small class sizes and a focus on teaching help to foster their academic success.
No, we do not have the resources to do this. A lot of students live with family members or family friends that are already in the US. If they need a host family sometimes the school might have some contacts but the family should be aware that it is there responsibility to locate a host family for their child. We require all host families (family and non-family members) to complete a background check before living arrangements are finalized.
Being a host family is a wonderful experience that enriches the lives of students and families throughout the world. By accepting a foreign exchange student or F1 student into your home, you are opening your heart and mind to a culture and helping to bridge the gap between two different countries.
What are the requirements on becoming a host family?
You must be able to provide a warm and loving home with full room and board.
Students may share a room with siblings of the same sex.
Consists of two or more people related by blood or marriage.
Single parents with children may host if they meet the requirements.
You have a clear background check
Your application to become a host family will be reviewed by local representatives.
We have a host family packet that you should read, print and use while you are hosting, this includes directions on how to complete our Safe Environment Program and background check.
Many host families have questions about foreign students. We can say that students who are successful in our program share several positive characteristics. They are sincerely eager to learn about America first hand. They are willing to be flexible and adaptable as they learn to live in their new home. They are respectful towards the school and family which have made this year possible. They speak English well enough to function in an American school and home. They are at least average students in their own country. They understand the policies and rules instilled by the Diocese of Davenport. Students must have their own spending money - enough to cover school supplies, school fees and personal items.