Updated: Apr 28
1. Un-expect the Host families Like your Real Parents and the "Perfect" Family Although meals are mandatorily provided for every host student and laundry could be done for you, do not expect to leave all the mess to them as if you were home, or stay in your own room whole day playing with your phones. Some of the families look to host international students because they love to connect with people to learn more about the rest of the world. They would treat you as a guest in the house, and would love to show your around locally. Also, please ask before taking anything from the fridge or do clean up after using the bathroom--- they open up the door to share their house with you, don’t forget.
Also, the key is to embrace diversity. Our society used to confine and confirm our understanding of the concept and model of a tranditional nuclear family (2 parents + children). Nowadays, family structure evolves too--- and so it is not uncommon to have a so-called lone-parent family (one parent rising the children), symmetical family (both partners engage in paid employment as well as share household-related responsibilities), reconstituted family (two sets of children become one family through divirced parents' remarriage), beanpole family (genreations in close contact), as well as gay/ lesbian family (same-sex parnership). Family structure moves forward, and so as the host families.