29 DAYS OF UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES
February 23 through March 24, 2019
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Become a Host Family

WHY HOST

Host A Student from Denmark And Enjoy Wonderful Experiences for a Month, Feb 23-March 24, 2019


How would you like to learn about another culture and meet someone super interesting? Usually you’d have to travel to another country to experience another culture, but what if culture could be brought to you?


WVC Host Family students, arrive late in February with their own spending money and excellent health insurance coverage. Host Families need nothing more than room and board and a compassionate and welcoming home environment for their student. As a host family, there is no obligation to provide transportation or travel. You decide how much or how little you do on the weekends when the students are free. Busy, one weekend? Host families are connected and are always taking other students on their excursions or organized trips. Host families are well prepared for your host family experience with an orientation, 24 hr. emergency contact, support and interaction with other host families.


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.

Start Process

HOW IT WORKS

HOST FAMILY

Submit an interest form and we shall guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have about the hosting experience. Or simply submit an on-line application.

HAVE QUESTIONS

Interested families or individuals are strongly encouraged to submit an interest form, write an email to cm@wvchostfamily.com or telephone Cameron @ +1 510-505-4725

BE MATCHED WITH YOUR STUDENT

WVC 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?

The group of students are here for 29 days. They arrive Saturday February 23th and Depart Saturday March 24th, 2019.


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.


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 +1 510-505-4725.


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.

About The Program

EpicStudies: A Once In A Lifetime Educational Opportunity



Explore, Experience, Participate IN And Learn From The Exciting World Of Silicon Valley Tech Startups

For the past 5 years, EpicStudies, The name standing for Educational Program In California Studies, is a nonprofit organization that has been offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity to students from Denmark to visit Silicon Valley for one month out of the year. During this time, they have unique real-life learning opportunities to attend a speaker series with Silicon Valley icons, visit various companies, create a realistic product and a company structure from marketing all the way to budget, and discuss their ideas with real venture capitalists.
It’s all done from a safe local college environment where they will be learning a curriculum of math, innovation and product design.


About Us

EpicStudies derives its true value from the unique arrangement of people, companies, and teachers who help it succeed. The founder of this non-profit organization has made many connections with notable Silicon Valley icons, tech companies, real venture capitalists and teachers who have all agreed to be a part of this unique educational offering.

Students will attend a local college with disciplines in math, innovation and product design for a one-month period. During those 4 weeks, the students are divided into groups to work together and create a product that they might genuinely be interested in working with in the future.

The students will follow the necessary steps and process for product creation, including researching market viability, creating a physical mockup, and pitching their product to a genuine venture capital board who will discuss their ideas with them and ask questions to further their learning.

During this time, they will be meeting and seeing the behind the scenes reality of Silicon Valley companies and attending a speaker series with Silicon Valley icons who will come in to share their experiences.

Our ultimate goal is to open student’s eyes to the vast world of possibilities that exists in the exciting realm of new technology – to show them that the only real limits which exist are the limits of their own imaginations.


Students Will Create Their Own Product Ideas and Simulation Companies

The design of the main formal curriculum comes from a very hands-on experience of having our students create their own products and companies and pitching these ideas to venture capitalists.

During this experience, students will be learning math, innovation and product creation and researching every aspect of their products possible market viability, deciding on what kind of marketing plan to pursue with their products, creating a mock-up of their product and running a simulation company in terms of budgeting and logistics which need to be accounted for to make their products a success.

The culmination of this project will be a presentation before real venture capitalists and valley veterans explaining their ideas and vying for capital to fund their start up idea.


Silicon Valley Superstar Speaker Series

The students involved in the EpicStudies program will have a unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Silicon Valley moguls who will inspire them during the speaker series.

Students will learn how these very successful people think, act, and see the world by listening to their stories and experiences, and they will have a chance to ask speakers questions during these special talks. They will begin to see how these entrepreneurs and rising stars handle disappointments and set-backs as well as successes, how they come up with their ideas, and the key elements of a successful startup company from the viewpoint of those who have been there and done it.


First-Hand Tech Company Experiences

Nothing is exactly like first-hand experience. That’s why we will have multiple day trips to visit local Silicon Valley tech companies while the students are here – so they can tour the facilities and take a real behind-the scenes look at how tech companies look, feel and work.

They will be able to learn firsthand exactly how the best in the business operate, how they get things done, and what the culture is like.

And they will have many opportunities to talk to employees and ask questions while we are visiting these companies. The hope here is that they will get to see, hear and experience exactly what it is like to work on these projects with these teams, and they will absorb the kind of motivational and inspirational environment that technology companies have in Silicon Valley and get ideas for their own products.

Online Application

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Contact Us

Submit a host family interest form to become connected with a WVC epic studies advisor.

cm@wvchostfamily.com

or telephone Cameron @

+1 510-505-4725