Gloria Zarabozo, Director
International Student Admissions and Services
Diablo Valley College
What is a Homestay?
A homestay is a safe and affordable housing arrangement with a pre-screened and dedicated host family. Finding housing anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area is challenging enough for people who already live here. For a newly arriving international student, the task can be near impossible. Our experience and expertise make securing a homestay placement easy, and more importantly, relieves the student and their parents of worrying about finding housing after the student arrives in the United States. Living in an English-speaking household is enormously beneficial for an international student, and dramatically increases their English proficiency within a very short period of time.
Diablo Valley Homestay has hundreds of host families in our housing registry, and we work closely with all of our host families and students through the entire placement process and the duration of the placement. We work hard to ensure that both the host family and the student have a positive and memorable homestay experience. In addition to homestay placements, we offer an airport pick up service for our students, as well as an after-arrival assistance package. Furthermore, we also provide homestay placements for interns and working professionals needing short-term housing arrangements during their work assignment.
Homestay Student from Chile
“My host parents are caring, concerned, and wonderful. They always ask how my day was, and there is always a wonderful home-cooked meal every night. We watch TV shows, sports, and movies together, and we talk about current events and discuss life in the United States. I am really happy that I chose to live with a host family. It is an experience that I will always remember.”
Homestay Student from Japan
“I could say my host family is the greatest family ever. They are very special people to me. They always listen to me and are there for me when I need them. They always include me when they plan to do something, such as go to a party or go on a trip. In fact, they have taken me on several trips. We went to Carmel, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Disneyland and Universal Studios, and we had a great time together. One unforgettable thing about my host family was that they gave me a brand new bike for my surprise birthday present. I was so surprised that I couldn’t breathe for a few seconds! There are many other stories I can say about my host family, but what I want to say most is they care about me like I’m a part of their family. I never felt homesick because of them and how they treated me. I’d like to say thank you for everything to my host family!”