What is the H-SC Host Family Program?
The Hampden-Sydney Host Family Program matches alumni, retired faculty and staff, and local families with students whose homes are far from our campus. Each year we are delighted to welcome students from other regions of the country as well as international students from all over the world. Host families extend a hand of friendship and help students become acquainted with life in Southside Virginia.
What are the program benefits?
Hosting a student from another region or culture can be a very rewarding experience.
It is an opportunity to learn about other parts of the country, other cultures, and other worlds and to develop a friendship with a Hampden-Sydney student who is far from home.
What are some fun activities for the families and students?
Activities do not have to be elaborate to be enjoyable. They can include going shopping, going to a sporting event, or a visit to historic places of interest.
Here are some suggestions:
What is the time commitment?
We request that you sign on as host for the full academic year. However, you may choose to continue beyond the first year. In some cases the friendship may last throughout the student's time at Hampden-Sydney.
Your individual time with the student is by mutual agreement and determined by your individual schedules. You may meet as often as is convenient throughout the semester. Keep in mind that as the semester goes on students become involved in their studies and may not have time for socializing. However, an occasional phone call to say hello can be important during these busy times.
What are the students' roles and responsibilities?
Each student is expected to:
How are the students matched with the host families?
The Office of Intercultural Affairs or the Host Family Program Committee will review the information on your application and match you with a student based on the information in their application.
When do we meet the students?
A reception will be held to introduce the students and families.
How do I sign up to be a host family?
Tips for a smooth host/student relationship