Members of the FSPA performance ensembles have many exciting opportunities for domestic and international travel. These experiences provide priceless memories and forge friendships that cross oceans. Here are some of the recent opportunities FSPA students have experienced.
What does it mean to be a host?
Hosts provide a place for their foreign guests (preferably at least 2 guests) to stay overnight during their stay in the U.S. (usually 5-8 days).
Hosts provide many of the meals for their guests, including packed lunches. Sometimes guests have dietary issues, such as Celiac Disease.
Hosts provide transportation for their guests. This is one of their primary hosting duties. The foreign guests will have unique and rigorous rehearsal and performance schedules. Sometimes they will need to be dropped off and picked up at FIM. Sometimes they will need rides to and from other schools in Genesee County. Their pick up and drop off times could be in the early morning, in the late afternoon, or late in the evening. We will make great effort to arrange the schedules to be as convenient as possible for the host families. Depending on their travel arrangements, guests may also need rides to and from the airport. [In the past, in order to deal with the transportation demands of hosting, some families have worked together to do carpooling. This is acceptable.]
Hosts provide family support for the guests. The guests are usually young – middle and high school age – and often this is their first time oversees. Some speak little English. Their time here is highly scheduled and can get physically and emotionally exhausting. Host families support their guests through this exciting but stressful time.
Host families provide cultural experiences for their guests. Just staying in the host family home is a great way for the guests to experience a new culture. However, host families are encouraged to introduce their guests to local and American foods and activities such as site-seeing and shopping. The primary purpose of the guest’s stay is to rehearse and perform. Consequently there aren’t large blocks of “free time” to do extensive travelling. However, time – some evenings or a morning and at least one full day – will be set aside for fun and cultural experiences.
If you have any questions, please contact the FSPA office at (810) 238-1350 x141.