Homestay Staff Professional Development Online Workshop

As we emerge from the pandemic, homestay programs need to be well-prepared to manage risks, work with key stakeholders and plan for the future.

International program and homestay staff have a lot on their plate, but we’re here to help. You’re invited to join us for a three-hour online workshop on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 1 pm Eastern (10 am Pacific).

Here’s what you will learn: 

Risk management for homestay programs

Dave Bird, an expert in risk management in education, will discuss how you can protect everyone involved in homestay, including students, hosts and your staff. At the same time, you will learn how to minimize health and legal risks.

Improving communications with hosts, students and parents

Doug Ronson, a former journalist and current communications consultant, will outline what worries key stakeholders in homestays. He’ll share ideas about how to reduce those fears through clear communications.

Recruiting and retaining hosts during challenging times

Doug Ronson, a current homestay host and former homestay coordinator, will lead the discussion about how to find new hosts and keep them for the long term. Please bring your own ideas to share.

This workshop is being offered only once in 2021 so be sure to attend! 

Workshop cost: $60 plus tax

To register: Simply send us an email at doug (at) We’ll invoice you for the workshop.  

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