Become A Host Family

Our host families serve an integral role in our international student program. Host families are one of the first friendly faces our international students meet at Grace Academy, and they invite these students into a Christ-centered home life. Speaking English in the home in normal conversation helps many international students develop their language skills, as English is often their second language. Families may choose to host short-term or long-term (9-month academic year) and are given a stipend.

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“These are not just kids from far away places who stay at our house, but they have become our kids whom we love. We have had an amazing opportunity to have a reverse missions trip around the kitchen table on a daily basis, providing opportunities to witness to these kids about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” – C. Casto

“Being a host family is the best experience ever!” – Mrs. Smith

“Hosting wasn’t as challenging or difficult as I had imagined it. I hosted a middle school girl from China. She went by the American name May. May’s english was pretty good and we actually had a lot of great conversations throughout the week. We talked about both American and Chinese culture. May showed me pictures of her home in China, and she really enjoyed the rural areas around Hagerstown. It was a great overall experience, and I’d be happy to host again in the future!” – K. Morgan

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