Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Date and duration of the host program?
A: From December 17th to January 9th. (tentative, may change by a day or two)
Q: I live in the state of _______________, can I participate?
A: Yes! The program is open to anyone living in the United States, however, you’ll need to come to JFK to pick up the child and bring him or her back to JFK at the end of the program.
Q: Who are the children awaiting host families?
A: Children awaiting host families are coming from Eastern Europe and Asia. Their ages are seven to twelve years old, both genders, including sibling groups.
Q: What information is available on the children?
A: You will receive a child’s photo, with a short biography, describing child’s characteristics and hobbies.
Q: Cost of the program?
A: The cost of the program is $3,000 per child, which includes the round trip airfare, medical coverage, and other fees.
Q: Tax deductible?
A: We are a 501(c)(3) charity and will provide you with a letter to give to your accountant for tax deduction purposes.
Q: What is a child’s expectation regarding hosting?
A: Children come to America to experience a fun vacation in a family setting. You are giving these children a chance to enjoy 4 weeks of winter and create some wonderful memories.
Q: What activities should we do with our host child?
A: Host children are coming to the United States to enjoy a nice winter vacation. There are a lot of activities you can do in the winter, which will be enjoyable for a host child. The most important thing is to have fun with your host child, regardless of the activities you choose to do.
Q: What language do host children speak?
A: Host children will speak their native languages, and a large number of them may most likely also speak Russian.
Q: Am I going to be able to get support during the program?
A: We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to offer our assistance. Please feel free to contact us as often as you feel needed, and we would be happy to accommodate any of your needs.
Q: How often do I report on the child’s well being throughout the host program?
A: We ask every host family to submit a weekly report, accompanied by a few photos.