An Open World delegation from Kyrgyzstan with their hosts

Homestays are a unique opportunity to host one or more international visitors for anywhere from a couple nights to a full month. Compared to World Dinners, homestay hosts are able to make deeper connections with their guests as these programs provide a longer period of contact and even more opportunities to share ideas about cultural values and ways of life. Participants in these programs want to experience a full immersion of American society and are eager to share their friendship

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When can you serve as a homestay host?

WorldDenver's needs for homestay hosts vary throughout the year. We are anticipating the following homestay needs this year: 


March 22 - April 2, 2018

13 high school-aged participants and 2 adult mentors


May 2 - 23, 2018

3-4 NGO leaders, ages 21-35


July 11 - 25, 2018

12 high school-aged participants and 1 adult mentor


Mid August - Mid September, 2018

5 business leaders, ages 21-30

How does it work?

WorldDenver facilitates several programs a year that require homestay elements. When the needs for a particular program have been identified, an advisory will be sent out with the specific details to ask for homestay hosts. The responsibilities and requirements listed below are the minimum criteria which WorldDenver expects all applicants to fulfill. However, some programs may have more or differing criteria depending on the objectives of the program and other circumstances. If you have concerns about fulfilling the expectations outlined below (particularly driving requirements), please keep in mind that there is often some flexibility.

Responsibilities and requirements for all homestay hosts:

  • Allow WorldDenver staff to conduct a home visit and household interview prior to being selected as a homestay host.
  • Submit a background check for every household member over the age of 18. WorldDenver will pay for the background check. 
  • Provide an individual bed with access to a bathroom for each international visitor. Visitors of the same gender can share a room, but must have individual beds. 
  • Provide all meals on weekends, and breakfast and most dinners during weekdays.
  • Contribute to dropping-off/picking-up international visitor(s) at the WorldDenver office Monday – Friday. Carpool arrangements can be made.

  • Greet visitor(s) at the airport upon their arrival and drop them off at the conclusion of the program.

Important note: Homestay hosts are expected to fulfill all of the expectations listed above as unpaid volunteers and will not be compensated by WorldDenver in any way.

Please contact our Program Manager to for more information about our current needs, or to express your interest and availability for future homestays:

Gergana Kostadinova

Program Manager

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