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February 25 through March 25, 2017




Become a Host Family

WHY HOST

Support your local community college by hosting a Danish Student for 4 weeks. Hosting an international student means more than providing a bed and meals. As a West Valley Host Family, you’ll welcome a new member into your home, share your everyday lives, and grow as you get to know one another. You’ll be surprised at how much you learn about yourself, your family and community by hosting a student from another culture. Have a life-changing experience in your own home.


GET STARTED

Submit a Host Family Interest Form to be connected with a West Valley Epic Studies Exchange Advisor. The advisor will guide you through the process and answer questions you may have about the hosting experience.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We have compiled a series of frequently asked questions about the process in hosting exchange students. All of your questions will hopefully be answered, but if not - please contact us. Click the button below for questions and answers.

HOW IT WORKS

HOST FAMILY

Submit an Interest Form at the bottom of this page to be connected with a West Valley Epic Studies Exchange Advisor. The advisor will guide you through the process and answer questions you may have about the hosting experience.

LEARN MORE

Interested families and individuals are strongly encouraged to fill in an interest form for more information. You can also check out our Frequently Asked Questions and read about the country which our students come.

BE MATCHED WITH YOUR STUDENT

Review student profiles with your local volunteer once your application has been approved. WVC Epic Studies students have demonstrated an interest in immersing themselves in different cultures, so you’ll be sure to find a student that matches your interests and lifestyle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to host?

All types of families are encouraged to apply; there is no “typical” WVC Epic Studies Host Family. Families can have small or teenage children at home, be empty nesters with adult children, or be couples with no children. Single adults and single parents are also welcome. Families shouldn’t worry about being too busy – WVC Epic Studies provides a great support network of volunteers who arrange activities for the exchange students; however, the more opportunity the WVC Epic Studies Student has to experience your life, the better!


What is required of a WVC Epic Studies Host Family?

As a host family, you will provide your student with:


What is a host family’s financial obligation?

WVC Epic Studies students arrive with their own spending money for social and school activities, clothes, etc. As a host family, you will not need to provide spending money or an allowance.


Will the host family need to cover medical expenses?

No, your student will come with secondary medical insurance so that, in an emergency, the student can be treated as soon as possible. There is also a 24-hour support phone number in case of any emergency.


How are students selected?

WVC Epic Studies students are required to meet a high standard of qualifications to be accepted by the Epic Studies office in their home country, as well as by WVC. They must:


Does the student speak English?

Yes, all students have a demonstrated level of proficiency in English. Our students come to the U.S. with a desire to immerse themselves in the language and to improve their level of proficiency.


Who are WVC Epic Studies Exchange Students?

This group of students come from Aalborg, Denmark , and are seen as role models and leaders in their home communities by demonstrating maturity and motivation to study abroad.


How long do students stay with host families?

This group of students shall be arriving February 28 days that's it. They arrive Saturday February 25th and Depart Saturday March 25th, 2017.


Does WVC Epic Studies have rules for participants?

Yes. WVC Epic Studies students are expected to obey all the WVC ES rules and policies that are applicable while on their program. Should a student break a rule such as driving, hitchhiking, or partaking in illegal drugs, they will have their program terminated. Hosted participants are expected to obey U.S. laws. We also limit independent travel by students. You will be provided with a Host Family Handbook, which contains information on these rules, at or before your pre-arrival orientation for host families.


Can I host more than one student?

Yes, families can host two students at a time. Some host families decide hosting two is better than one and find the hosting experience is even more rewarding. Both students and their parents must approve this arrangement. We also require that they do not speak their native languages to insure that only English is used in your home.


What if problems arise?

WVC Epic Studies has a lot of experience in placing participants with families and we provide extensive support throughout the process and stay.


If there is an issue or emergency who do i call?

Our 24/7 contact number is 1-800-560-1490.


Transportation?

WVC Epic Studies does not provide transportation to or from the school. If the host family chooses to transport the students either to or from the school that is their choice, however, there is no obligation to do so. The students are accustomed in Denmark to  either bike, walk, if in proximity to the school, or take public transportation.


Why does WVC Epic Studies conduct criminal background checks?

All host families that host a student under the age of 18 have to have a background check. The safety and welfare of our participants is our highest value. The criminal background check is an integral part of the screening process that WVC Epic Studies USA staff, volunteers and host family members must undergo before being affiliated with our program. The the U.S. Department of State requires that WVC Epic Studies conducts criminal background checks for all members of the host family aged 18 years and older.

About Denmark

Denmark Listeni/ˈdɛnmɑrk/ (Danish: Danmark), is a Nordic country in Northern Europe, located southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark comprises Denmark and two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark proper has an area of 43,094 square kilometers (16,639 sq mi), and a population of around 5.64 million inhabitants. The country consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and the Danish archipelago of 443 named islands,[ of which around 70 are inhabited. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate.


A Scandinavian nation, Denmark shares strong cultural and historic ties with its overseas neighbors Sweden and Norway. The national language, Danish, is very closely related and mutually intelligible with Swedish and Norwegian.


The unified kingdom of Denmark emerged in the 10th century as a proficient seafaring nation in the struggle for control of the Baltic Sea. Danish rule over the personal Kalmar Union, established in 1397, ended with Swedish secession in 1523. The following year, Denmark entered into a union with Norway until its dissolution in 1814. Denmark inherited an expansive colonial empire from this union, of which the Faroe Islands and Greenland are remnants. Beginning in the 17th century, there were several successions of territory; these culminated in the 1830s with a surge of nationalist movements, which were defeated in the 1864 Second Schleswig War. Denmark remained neutral during World War I. In April 1940, a German invasion saw brief military skirmishes while the Danish resistance movement was active from 1943 until the German surrender in May 1945. An industrialized exporter of agricultural produce in the second half of the 19th century, Denmark introduced social and labour-market reforms in the early 20th century, making the basis for the present welfare state model with a highly developed mixed economy.


The Constitution of Denmark was signed on 5 June 1849, ending the absolute monarchy which had begun in 1660. It establishes a constitutional monarchy—the current monarch is Queen Margrethe II—organized as a parliamentary democracy. The government and national parliament are seated in Copenhagen, the nation's capital, largest city and main commercial centre. Denmark exercises hegemonic influence in the Danish Realm, devolving powers to handle internal affairs. Denmark became a member of the European Union in 1973, maintaining certain opt-outs; it retains its own currency, the krone. It is among the founding members of NATO, the Nordic Council, the OECD, OSCE, and the United Nations; it is also part of the Schengen Area.


Danes enjoy a high standard of living and the country ranks highly in numerous comparisons of national performance, including education, health care, and protection of civil liberties, democratic governance, prosperity and human development. Denmark is frequently ranked as the happiest country in the world in cross-national studies of happiness. The country ranks as having the world's highest social mobility, a high level of income equality, has one of the world's highest per capita incomes, and has one of the world's highest personal income tax rates. A large majority of Danes are members of the National Church, though the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion.

Online Application

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