Incoming Delegations Depend on "Homestay Hosts"
Each year Sister Cities welcomes international guests to Newport News. Specific opportunities are listed to the right, but you don't have to wait. Submit your Homestay Host Form (below) and get on our host list. We will contact you (usually via email) to let you know of opportunities. More information on host responsibilities below:
What is a "Homestay Host"?
Homestay hosts are a vital link in successful international exchanges. Homestay Hosts are the faces and hearts of our community. By opening your doors to an international guest, you show them who we are as Americans. There are no prerequisites for serving as a host family, and residency in Newport News is not required. SCNN has host families Newport News, York County, Hampton, Williamsburg, James City County, Surry, and even Smithfield. You can be single or a family with children. Our host families are as diverse as our community. We try to match hosts with delegates 1 month prior to each exchange. Below are some of the responsibilities of hosting a Sister Cities delegate:
Home-stay hosts are expected to:
To assist you, Sister Cities of Newport News will:
2017-18 HOST OPPORTUNITIES:
Host Japanese Adults with Official 35th Anniversary Delegation
Host a Chinese University Student for 2 nights
Host Members of the 10th Anniversary German Delegation from Greifswald
Host Japanese a Youth or Adult with mixed delegation!
It is not too early to tell us that you are interested in hosting!
Submit the form below to get started.
More About hosting a Chinese University Student in July 2017
For the 4th summer in a row, 30 students and 1 faculty member from China’s University of Electronic Science and Technology (UESTC) will attend a 2-week summer program at CNU. Sister Cities is asking community members to host a student over the weekend to expand their U.S. experience. Pick up will be on Friday afternoon (between 1 and 5 pm) at CNU with a return to campus on Sunday (after 6 pm). Host families do not have to be Newport News residents. In fact, several hosts are from the surrounding counties of York, Poquoson, and James City as well as the cities of Hampton and Williamsburg. Hosts are not expected to “entertain” the students; the goal of a “homestay” is to introduce people of different cultures to typical, American, daily life - If there is such a thing! Going to the grocery store, running errands, taking kids to events, attending a house of worship…follow your normal routines. If you have not hosted before, this is a great opportunity as the visit is short and there is no schedule to keep other than pick-up and drop off. Completion of a one-page "Host Application" is required.
More information is available by calling Kate Helwig, SCNN's Executive Director at 757-926-1348.
For insurance purposes, SCNN, Inc. requires all hosts to be current members of the non-profit organization. Hosts receive no compensation, but can submit receipts for actual expenses incurred for a tax deductible donation receipt. Please let us know of your interest in participating by submitting a completed “Homestay Host" form (above, left).