Homestay Living

All international students live with American families nearby who are committed to sharing their lives with students from abroad. The families are interviewed and selected by school officials. Living with a family is a very good way for our international students to become immersed in the language and the culture of America. It also gives them a strong personal relationship with one family in a warm and caring situation. Some host families have children attending Thetford Academy; others do not. All families are rooted in the community and are eager to share their knowledge and love of the area.

Students who live with host families have their own bedroom and share their meals with the family. In addition to the opportunity to learn about American family life, living with host families ensures that our international students speak English all day, at school and at home, with the result that they make superior and rapid progress mastering the English language. Our international students learn the subtleties of the English language very quickly. This helps them with their studies and prepares them extremely well for the next step of living and learning at an American university.

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