HOST SCHOOL COORDINATOR
Each school participating in the PREC program will assign a Host School Coordinator who will serve as your contact point at your host school. They will take care of all class scheduling, testing, and arrival information.
They will also work closely with the PREC office to provide you with the best homestay possible. They will screen, monitor, and match you to the family or individual that will best meet your individual needs.
Upon arrival in the United States, you will be met at the airport by your Host School Coordinator and taken to your homestay. They will also take you on a tour of your school and give you the opportunity to meet with your teachers.
The Host School Coordinator will be your initial contact point at all times should you have questions or concerns. If they are unable to answer your questions, they will refer you to someone in the PREC office who can help.
You may contact your Host School Coordinator whenever needed. They are available 24 hours a day in case of emergencies.
All students are responsible for their own travel costs to and from the United States. However, PREC can help with travel plans if necessary. Destination cities and airports will be included in the student information packet, which the student receives after having paid the Application Fee and the Administration Fees.
If needed, your PREC Host School Coordinator will meet you at the airport to transport you to your homestay location. Please note a $100 transportation fee is required for this service.
If you arrive late at night, it might be necessary that you spend one night in a nearby hotel before meeting with your homestay family. Your School Coordinator will make certain that you have a private room where you can rest and relax after your long journey. In addition, they will make certain that you have had dinner before retiring for the evening.
The next day, they will take you to your homestay and introduce you to your new family. Once introductions have been made and your School Coordinator is assured that you are comfortable in your new surroundings, they will leave.
The PREC educational homestay program is a 10 month high school instructional program beginning August 1 and ending May 31,for every calendar year. Fees for the program include enrollment fees, program fees (tuition), and homestay fees (room and board).
A US$250 nonrefundable application fee is due at the time the application is filed. Enrollment, program and homestay fees are due in full prior to the time the student leaves for the United States or no later than July 1.
US$10,000 to $45,000 (tuition, homestay and service fees/yr)
ESL Testing Fee
US$250.00 (if applicable)
US$100.00 (if applicable)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who are the host families/Guardians?
The host families represent varied economic and racial backgrounds. Homestay parents include working parents, single parents, and even couples without children. They are warm, nurturing individuals that are international travelers themselves, or would like to be. They wish to share their home and their nation with a young person from another part of the world. They are interested in learning about other cultures and eager to share their own. They are excited about making an international student a part of their family and a member of their community.
Homestay families are expected to provide a separate bed and a quiet place for the student to study. If a separate bedroom is available, that is wonderful but not required. Homestay families are also to provide three meals per day and local transportation to and from school. Homestay families are to treat their international student as a family member - Communicate with them openly, provide love and encouragement, and instruction when necessary. Assign them chores, rules, and privileges as you would any family member.
What is expected of students?
Students are expected to attend school faithfully and respect rules and regulations of the school, as well as the host family. They are expected to respect authorities, participate actively as a member of the family, school, neighbourhood and the country.
What can you expect of PREC?
PREC works diligently to monitor students admitted to the program and to make the best matches possible between homestay families and students. PREC coordinators meet, greet, and orient new students and families so their experiences can be the best possible. We work to clarify the expectations of all involved and uncover any misunderstandings that may occur while providing ongoing support and advice to all concerned.