Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to be a Host Family?
To be a Host Family is to agree to welcome a high school foreign exchange student into your home, to live as part of your family while they attend your local high school, for anywhere from a few weeks to 10 months! At Pan Atlantic Foundation, we guide and support you through this process from start to finish!
What is Pan Atlantic Foundation?
Pan Atlantic Foundation is a non-profit organization designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor high school foreign exchange students to spend an academic semester or year in the United States. We are a small organization, providing the personal and thoughtful support that our community of host families, students and representatives deserve! We are all united in our mission to make the world a friendlier place, and at Pan Atlantic, you will quickly feel as part of our growing family!
How do I get accepted as a host family?
Families interested in hosting are guided through the process by a local Area Representative in their community. The screening includes a home visit, an in-person interview, an online application, and a background check. Click here if you are ready to get started!
Does a family receive compensation for hosting a Pan Atlantic Foundation student?
No, they do not. Per Department of State regulation, students who travel on J1 visas are required to be placed with strictly volunteer host families.
What are my primary responsibilities as a host family?
Pan Atlantic Foundation host parents are volunteers who must be at least 25 years old and able to provide the following:
Do I get to choose my student?
Once you have been accepted as a Pan Atlantic Foundation host family, your Area Representative will share with you the profiles of students in need of a host family in your area. Together, you and your Area Representative will select a student who will be a good fit for your family's interests and lifestyle.
Are the students allowed to participate in after-school activities?
Yes. They are allowed and encouraged to participate in sports and school activities.
Are the students allowed to drive?
How long is the student’s stay?
Students stay for either one semester or two semesters.
Is there a tax deduction for the host family?
Yes, the current deduction is $50 a month.
Will my student come with his/her own spending money?
Yes - the students bring between $150-$250 a month to cover things such as school fees, clothing, entertainment, mobile phones, and/or any other personal items they might need to purchase.
When can I expect my student to arrive?
Your student arrives before the start of the school semester.
When does my student have to leave?
Most students depart within two weeks of the school end date.
Will I, as the host family, be in contact with my Area Representative throughout the year?
Yes. Your Area Representative is there to support you and your student throughout the entire experience! They will be in contact with you, at least once a month, but are available any time you have questions.
What happens if the placement doesn’t work out?
Pan Atlantic Foundation is there to support your successful experience, in any way possible. But, if for some reason, after working with you and your student, it becomes evident that it is not a mutually positive situation, Pan Atlantic Foundation and your Area Representative will begin work to secure a new host family for the student.
Is Pan Atlantic Foundation a non-profit organization?
Pan Atlantic Foundation is a non-profit organization. This means that we are a 501(c)(3) organization, recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.
What kind of visa do the students receive?
Our students travel on a J1 Visa sponsored by the Department of State.