Homestay Hosting

Providing A Home Away From Home

Homestay Hosting

Make a difference in the life of an international student and broaden your own family’s cultural awareness. Fairmont Schools is seeking qualified host families to provide a “home away from home” for our international students. When you host a student from overseas, you’ll enrich your own life and benefit from monthly compensation.

What is a host family?
Why be a host family?
Hosting Questions?
Downloads & Forms

What is a host family?

A family or individual who opens their home to one or more international students for one or more school years. Hosts provide international students comfortable accommodations, meals, and an introduction to the American way of life.

Why be a host family?

  • As compensation for the arrangement, host families receive a monthly stipend (taxable income).
  • Hosting an international student is an exceptional way to learn about other cultures. International students are eager to share information and anecdotes about their food, customs, and culture with their host family.
  • Children within the host family especially enjoy having a new housemate and the opportunity to make an international friend.
  • Hosting an international student can be mentioned on resumes or in college admissions essays to demonstrate intercultural experience.
  • Many hosts maintain unique friendships with their former housemates for years to come.
  • Hosts experience the satisfaction of helping an international student through the challenging process of adapting to life in a new country.
  • Hosts can make their own contribution to fostering better international relations by enlightening international students about United States culture.

Hosting Questions?

For more information about the Fairmont Homestay Program, please contact:

Global Bridge Associates
(949) 998-1458

Downloads & Forms

Part one of the Homestay Application is to be submitted electronically. The document is a writable PDF. Please save the form to your computer and then complete it, save it again, then email the completed version along with your pictures to

Student Assessments

The Homestay Team

Homestay Hosting

Phil Martin

Global Bridge Associates
(949) 998-1458

Homestay Hosting

Philip Martin is a highly experienced education leader and the founder and CEO of Global Bridge Associates. With a background in transformational and bilingual education, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his role.

Over the course of his 15-year career in school administration, Philip has led schools in both urban and international environments, including New York City, the United Arab Emirates, and China. His extensive travels to countries such as Vietnam, Brazil, Thailand, Turkey, and Nepal have given him a deep understanding of the cultural challenges that students, host families, and educators face.

Philip’s broad experience in all aspects of the education industry, combined with his cultural sensitivity, has made him an invaluable resource to the schools he works with. His leadership skills and commitment to providing exceptional education services have earned him a reputation as a trusted and respected leader in the field.

Homestay Hosting

Connie Aguilar

Executive Director
Global Bridge Associates
(949) 998-1458

Homestay Hosting

Connie Aguilar has over 10 years of experience in education, including her recent role as the International Student Executive Director for Global Bridge Associates. With a keen attention to detail and excellent interpersonal skills, she is dedicated to providing exceptional service and expertise to the international education industry.

Connie graduated from Cal State Northridge in 1993 with a degree in broadcast journalism and gained experience in television production and advertising agency work. She then spent a decade as a manager in high-profile investment banks such as Jeffries and Company and US Bank Corp Piper Jaffrey, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, gaming, and telecommunications.

Her unique background in both finance and education has allowed her to develop a strong understanding of the needs and goals of the international student community. With her creative perspective and commitment to individualized service, Connie has built an impressive portfolio of satisfied clients.

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