If you are new to hosting, you might be wondering if you should host short or long terms stays, or both. Let’s classified short term stays as hosting a student for a week up to a month, while long term stays as hosting a student for longer than a month.
Hosting short term stay students can be a great way to start as you will be able to test out your hosting skills. Many hosts are only interested in hosting long term stay students, which is totally fine if you know what you are looking for. Although, if you are still undecided, after a few experiences hosting short term stay students you will be able to choose what is best for you and what type of student is a better fit for your family.
There are differences between hosting short term versus long term students. Here are some of these differences and hopefully will help you decide what is best for you and your family:
Short term stays
Hosting short term stays is a great way to gain experience in hosting and see if it is something you really want to do. When you host short term students that means you will meet a lot of people from all over the world, allowing you to learn about different cultures and languages. It is a truly opportunity to travel without leaving your home.
Another great aspect about hosting short term is that if you did not get along well with your guest, you will not have to worry for too long because they will leave soon. One disadvantage with hosting short term stays is that it's never a guarantee that you will get one student after another. Sometimes it can take months before you can receive another request for placement. If you want to have a guest in your house with a high frequency and not have to worry about placements every month, then a long term stay might be a best fit for you.
Long term stays
Hosting long term stays is a great way to get to know another culture and language. While hosting short term will allow you to meet new people more frequently, hosting long term will allow you to make friends from all over the world and create a life-long bond. As you will spend more time with your guests, you will be able to share more about your culture and get to know theirs better. When you host an international student for about a year, your guests turn into an addition member of your family. They will be sharing your daily life with you and even spending some holidays with you and your family. Long term stays also gives you the stable security of the extra cash coming in every month.
Of course, hosting long term students can be tiring and you might not get along well with all your students. However, because you assumed the commitment to host the student it is not always simple to just cancel and request the student to leave early if nothing bad have happened, especially if the student is under 18. Most times you will have to stick with your commitment and host the student for the duration of their stay.
We hope that you have a better understanding of the main differences of hosting short term versus long term. The best way to decide is by experiencing both because hosting short or long term is a matter of preference.
What is your preference and why? Let us know in the comments below.