Host Family Program
Developing Global Friends
Since 2006 Blessed Trinity has hosted students from South Korea, Venezuela, Columbia and Vietnam. These students are welcomed into the homes of our Blessed Trinity families. Our school families serve as hosts for the students and enjoy the opportunity to welcome them into their homes. These students come from across the globe right into our classrooms for a year or part of a year.
This host program is preparing our students for the future. The program fosters a global understanding and harmony that will be necessary in the future of our increasingly interdependent world.
Sharing our Christianity
A major culture we are sharing with our host students is our Christianity. It is very important that when a Korean student is learning about our American culture they are also learning about our Christian culture. A student exchange experience is a great way to live out the three fold focus of our mission statement and be clearly Catholic, intentionally inclusive and academically excellent.
KoAm Program Support
One of the organizations we work with is KoAm Educational Alliance. The support KoAm provides to the Korean students, host families and host school is the characteristic that drew us to their program. KoAm carefully screens Korean students prior to matching them with an American host family. Each student’s maturity, English proficiency, and genuine interest in improving their English skills while living in an American home, are evaluated. Finally, once the Korean student is deemed a good candidate to live with an American family, they go through an extensive preparation/orientation process before coming to the United States.
Blessed Trinity works with an area coordinator, Yu Soon Rondorf, who is committed to helping and supporting the schools and host families through regular communication. She is available to respond to the needs of all parties.
KoAm is committed to providing financial support to the host families. Host families receive a $300 monthly stipend to offset the cost of lodging and meals. Each Korean student student arrives with their own spending money of $150 per month. This money is given to the host family for safe keeping. Host families may also request money for expenses that are out of the ordinary such as medical expenses, vacations, etc. This money is kept in a reserve fund.