Host Families

This page is primarily focused on information for hosting short-term programs (one month or less).

Selnate has been providing top-quality homestay for youth, college students, and business professionals since 1986. We have hosted thousands of international students from around the world in a variety of settings and programs. We provide outstanding communication and support to our host families and do our best to ensure a wonderful experience for both student and host family.  Many host families host again and again, and stay in touch with their past students even after they return to their home countries.

We carefully screen families for suitability for each program, and each family receives an onsite evaluation annually.  We then match each student carefully with a family and take many factors into account when matching to maximize the possibility of success.

We are currently searching for host families for upcoming programs and would like to invite you to consider hosting. Host families are compensated for their time, meals, transportation, and efforts.

Here is a brief overview of some of the opportunities available in 2017:

Dates Program Name Gender& Age #/family Location # of days
June 21-July 10 Taiwan M/F 15-18 2/family Selnate 20
July 13-22 OR July 15-24 China M/F 13-18 2/family Orem 10
July 22-Aug 4 Japan HS M/F 15-17 1/family Selnate 11 (3 days in Moab)
July 29-Aug 6 Japan JHS M/F 14-15 1/family Orem 8


Most host families host again and again.  Don't be left out!

Most host families host again and again. Don't be left out!

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For more information and/or questions contact our Special Programs Manager by clicking on this link or by calling 801-356-7060.

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Here's what past host families have said:

Thank you so very much for this program, it has blessed our lives more than could ever be communicated... Our family will never be the same.  Thank you for all the time and efforts that go in to having the students come and preparing all the activities, host families, and everything you do unseen,  you are changing our lives, and we are eternally grateful.  Blessings on you as you continue in these wonderful programs. - Rosalin N.


We had a wonderful experience with S. and our week with him.  He was very pleasant, polite, and wonderful to have in our home.  We thought the whole experience was well organized and great. - Leslie L.


We all thoroughly enjoyed having E. stay with us in our home.  Our kids had so much fun doing things with him and getting to know him.  There didn't seem to be a language barrier because they had so much fun together. We noticed that by the end of the week he was understanding English much better.  The kids have plans to stay in touch with him by email and possibly Skype and are hoping he comes back next year.  They all miss him a lot.  It's amazing how close you can get to someone in such a short period of time.  We must add that E. was very polite and kind and expressed his appreciation for everything we did for him. Thank you for this wonderful experience.  We appreciate all that Selnate did to guarantee that it was a good experience.  We also appreciated the nice meal and program provided for our family.  The only thing we would have changed with our experience was the length of it.  We would have enjoyed and would have been willing to have E. stay with us for two weeks - which wouldn't have been long enough for the kids.  If they had their way they would want us to "adopt" him. - Emily H.


It was our privilege to have T. in our home. It will be a memorable time in our lives and we will seek to continue our friendship in the future. It is our hope that you will contact us for future opportunities to be a host. We hope that their experiences here in America will establish stronger relationships between our countries and its citizens. We thank you again for all of your efforts and for the benefits we received of having T. as part of our family! - Steven A.

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