Staying with your Taiwanese host family will give you an inside view of what life in Taiwan is really like. You will be living with a family that is volunteering to provide a roof over your head, a seat at their table, and a place in their hearts as well. When your time with the host family is over, you will have made some new friends for life. Since our host families are all volunteers, there is generally no fee for staying short-term (weekend or holiday) with a host family.
Taiwan Host Family Program is organized by Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology (STUST), to give international students a more personal, first-hand experience in Taiwan. Living with a host family will not only give you a chance to see Taiwanese family life for yourself but will also allow you to build special relationships during your time here. You can find us online at：www.hostfamily.org.tw
Also, the Facebook Fanpage: www.facebook.com/TaiwanHostfamily
All of our host families are volunteers, so they must first of all be willing to open up their homes and lives to an international student, but they must also be financially able to do so. In addition to these two basic necessities, our host families must meet certain other requirements. For one thing, in order to qualify as a host family, they must go through our comprehensive training program.
The Taiwan Host Family Program currently offers four different host family options:
1. Friendship Only (does not include overnight stays)
2. Weekend Experience (2-3 days at a time)
3. Short-term Experience (1-2 weeks as part of a short-term study program)
4. Long-term Experience (less than 1 month)
Since our host families are volunteers, it is difficult to find families who are willing to host for such an extended length of time; so, in this case, someone on the Long-term Experience is likely to stay with several families during their time with our program.
Host families are responsible for providing their international student with shelter, food, and friendship.
Host families are available to help you learn more about Taiwan. As such, please feel free to ask them questions about what you see going on around you during your time in Taiwan. The unusual things you might see here aren’t bad, they’re just different. In order to better appreciate some of those differences, it would be a good idea to ask members of your host family for explanations. In this way you’ll gain insight into the Taiwanese culture and ways of life.
Furthermore, our host families will be very happy to help as you try to practice Chinese. Don’t be afraid to experiment. You can try out some new phrases on them. You might even find that, if you’re willing to listen closely, you’ll learn lots of new words simply by living side by side with a Taiwanese family.
1. Contact the school or non-profit organization with which you’re affiliated to receive application and consent forms or for more details.
2. A teacher or an international adviser at the school with which you’re affiliated will be able to help you apply for a host family. The application they make on your behalf will be sent to the Taiwan Host Family Program’s office at Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology.
※ Any application to stay with a host family during your time in Taiwan must be made through your school.
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