HOST FAMILY APPLICATION

EXPANDING LIVES' MISSION
Expanding Lives supports the education of young women from West Africa who are the first in their family to attend secondary school. Strong, intelligent girls who are proving themselves against daunting odds are offered short-term, highly structured conferences in the United States. The conferences focus on bringing broader solutions to local problems.

VISION
The academic opportunities and travel experiences provided by Expanding Lives build on participants' existing interests and knowledge to better ensure success in school and in the community.

We help young women to develop the voice, the self-confidence, and the problem solving skills necessary for empowerment. Expanding Lives encourages participants to become active role models, leaders, and agents of change in their home communities.

ROLE OF THE HOST FAMILY
The host family plays an important role in developing the capacity of our young women.  Traveling abroad for the first time is educational and exciting, but it can also be stressful. Since Expanding Lives participants are from developing countries, much of what they experience here is new to them. Host families help the participants to feel safe and comfortable in the US; they serve as role models for child rearing.  Our host families are often pivotal in helping the girls to gain confidence in their communication skills and in trying new things.  In general, we place the young women in pairs with one host family for about two and a half weeks.

Your application does not confirm placement of a young woman in your home, nor does it commit you to becoming a host family.

Questions? Check out our FAQ Page or Contact Us.


Parent 1 Cell Phone *
Parent 1 Cell Phone
Parent 2 Cell Phone
Parent 2 Cell Phone
Address *
Address
Home Phone
Home Phone
Please include ages, genders, if they are currently living at home & their relationship
Please include name, address, title, full or part time, work phone and/or e-mail, usual work hours & if you travel for work.
Name, Phone, Address
Do you have pets? *
If yes, what kind and how many?
Does anyone in your household smoke? *
Would you be willing to host someone with a different religion from your own? *
If so, please list who, and what languages.
Host families are welcome, but not obliged to attend organized, cultural activities with our participants. Participants also generally spend Sundays with the host families, either as down time or engaging in family activities. Are you able to provide some activities that are not organized by Expanding Lives?
If yes, from where? For how long? Through which program? Please briefly describe your experience.
Expanding Lives provides health insurance for participants.
If yes, please explain.
If yes, please explain.
If yes, please list names of family members who are ages 15+.
Please give two (2) references whom we may contact. These can be friends, members of your religious organization, work associates, etc. Do NOT use relatives. All information received from references is kept confidential. Please include 1) name 2) address 3) phone 4) relationship 5) number of years known
Please give two (2) references whom we may contact. These can be friends, members of your religious organization, work associates, etc. Do NOT use relatives. All information received from references is kept confidential. Please include 1) name 2) address 3) phone 4) relationship 5) number of years known
Have you read and understood the Mission and Vision of the Expanding Lives program as a unique exchange program? *
Will you support your guests in the commitment they have made to the program and its requirements? *
Are you willing to support the program rules and regulations by which we require the young women to abide? *
How did you learn about the Expanding Lives program? *
If yes, please provide name, phone & address.
I/We, the undersigned, understand that placement of young women in our home is contingent upon an in-home visit and interview with all family members present by a representative of Expanding Lives and a complete reference check. If our family is chosen to host an Expanding Lives young woman, I/we agree to uphold all rules and regulations set forth by Expanding Lives, and agree to abide by all decisions made by the Expanding Lives Board of Directors. I/We certify that the information given in this application is true and complete to the best of my/our knowledge.