Will the exchange delegate speak English?
The ability to communicate in English varies with each delegate. Most delegates have worked really hard and have learned some English. They typically will be able to read and write better than they can speak. They also may be able to understand well but are hesitant to speak. They will arrive with a basic knowledge of English and as they interact with your family and friends you’ll be able to watch how fast they will improve! Some of them are extremely shy and don’t want to make mistakes so it takes them a little while to speak, so be supportive! Many of these delegates will be hearing “Utah” English for the first time. It will take a little bit of time to adjust. You will have contact information in case you need help communicating, and can use things like translators, body language, writing things down and speaking slowly and clearly to facilitate communication, but most delegates do just fine.
Can I still host an exchange delegate with the busy life my family leads?
Yes, of course! Your exchange delegate becomes part of your family. If your family has errands to run, camps to attend, or chores to take care of around the house, the exchange delegate does them too. The exchange delegate is here for an American experience and is excited to be a part of what your family is doing. Even going to church is a “new” cultural experience for most of them.
Are we good candidates for hosting?
There is no “typical” host family. These delegates enjoy staying on farms, in small towns, suburbs, and big cities. To host a delegate for the summer program, you must have a child in your home of the same gender as the exchange delegate and within two years of the same age. This is not a requirement to host a chaperone or to host a delegate for the Spring Program.
Can we host 2 exchange delegates?
Unfortunately, no. The Japanese Partner we work with in placing delegates advertises our homestay as a “one child per family” placement. This helps them be totally immersed in American culture.
What are the delegates like?
These delegates have worked really hard to come to the United States; they are very excited to be here. The delegates want to be part of an American family. They will help out around the house with chores and participate in the family activities. They are also just like American children in that they have different personalities, likes, and dislikes.
What if a delegate gets sick or injured?
If an exchange delegate gets sick or injured during their stay in the US, take care of the exchange delegate as you would your own child. If you would take your child to the doctor or emergency room, do the same for your exchange delegate. All delegates have their own insurance for medical emergencies. Please contact a MWCE representative as soon as possible if your delegate becomes ill or injured. The representative will take care of notifying all the appropriate people.
What do exchange delegates like to eat?
Exchange delegates are excited to be in America and excited to be trying new foods. There are times when the delegate may crave some of their country’s native food. A good idea is to have your delegate prepare a dinner one or two nights during their stay. It makes for a great family fun night and everyone can learn a little more about the delegate’s country. Remember, they are trying “our food” so cheerfully and willingly try their food.
Could one of our children have the opportunity to go to Japan for a home stay?
Yes, they could. Please contact a MWCE representative for more information.
What kind of support will our family and delegate receive?
You will be given contact information for the MWCE representatives or check back on this site under about us. We are here to answer questions or help with anything you or the delegate may need. If we do not answer immediately, please leave a message and we will get back with you.
What if our delegate gets homesick?
Sometimes the delegates may become homesick. It usually happens when they first arrive, as they are in a completely new environment, and everything is different to them. The best thing to do is keep them active, include them on the family schedule and activities, let them get to know and become comfortable with your family, and if needed, give them a hug.
Do host families receive compensation for hosting?
There is not a monetary compensation for hosting an exchange delegate. We are primarily a volunteer program, but there are so many benefits to hosting an exchange delegate: having a new culture in your own home (no travel expense), making new friends, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Will our delegate abide by the rules of our home?
Your delegate is expected to behave as a member of your family and follow all of the rules and expectations of your household.
Does our delegate have to attend the ending camp during the summer program?
Yes, that is one of the conditions required by our Japanese partners. The ending camp with be at a campground with cabins and various activities, such as hiking and boating. It’s a time when the delegates plan on renewing their friendships with one another, talking with their Chaperones, and experiencing some of the natural beauty of our state. The delegates will spend 3 days at the camp before flying home. You may want to suggest they take a shower and wash their hair just before returning them to us, as the showers at camp will be in high demand. We plan on posting some pictures of camp on YouTube, so you can see your delegate again and again if you wish.
What if we have emailed our delegate and we haven’t hear from him/her?
Most Japanese people use their cell phones for emails. If you email isn’t answered or it “bounces back” it is best to write and send a letter via “snail mail” Include your email address in your letter. Once your delegate emails you then you can email back and forth. Just remember to keep it VERY simple!