Before I go over the types of host families, it is important to explain what a “Host Family” is. A host family from the point of view of a family is a family that hosts a student into their home for a period of time, this includes providing the student with a continental breakfast and a comfortable and clean private bedroom, and other meals when requested. From the point of view of a student, a host family is a local family that provides a student with a comfortable place to stay for a period of time while visiting or studying in the host country.
There is no such a thing as a “typical” host family. There are many different types of host families because there are many different types of family’s structures. There are families with children, some without, others with elderly relatives. Here are some different host families you may come across:
A nuclear family: a family consisting of two biological parents and at least one child.
Single parent family: a family consisting of one parent and one child or several children.
Extended family: a family consisting of a mother, father, child, and other related family such as: grandparents, cousins, nephew, etc. living together.
Childless family: a family consisting of a married or unmarried couple living together without a child.
Grandparent’s family: a family consisting of both grandparents and at least one child under 15.
Same-sex family: a family consisting of same-sex couple and at least one child.
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