Can you host a Young American?
The Young Americans stay with families in the communities we travel to all around the world. We ask that you consider opening your home for two or more members of the touring group. Staying with host families is one of the most rewarding aspects of our tours. As a thank you to our summer camp hosts, families will receive 2 complimentary tickets for one of the final performances in VIP seating and $50 off of for each student in the immediate family registered.
Host Family FAQ
How many cast members can I host?
As many as you would like! We typically travel in pairs, but you are more than welcome to host more than two.
Does my Young Americans need a bed?
The Young Americans are accustomed to staying in all types of living situations. Ideally, we prefer for each cast member to sleep in a bed, but we are open to sleeping on air mattresses, couches, etc.
Can cast members share a bed?
Is it okay to request Young Americans of a certain gender?
Yes. You are welcome to request a certain gender, and we will always do our best to accommodate those requests.
Is it okay for male and female cast members to stay together?
Yes, as long as your family is comfortable with that. We request that cast members with opposing genders sleep in separate rooms.
Am I required to provide meals for the Young Americans that I am hosting?
Yes. Typically, each family provides breakfast, a packed lunch, and dinner for each day of Summer Camp. The contact in your community organizing volunteer host families can help provide more detailed information about that.
What do Young Americans like to eat?
The special part about staying with host families is that our cast members get to become a part of your family and experience your lifestyle for a few days. Some Young Americans have dietary restrictions, but all of our cast members are happy to each whatever is “normal” for you and your family.
Will I know ahead of time if my Young Americans have dietary restrictions?
You will have the chance to decide whether or not you are willing to host cast members with dietary needs during the application process. Our team, along with your school contact, will do our best to notify you ahead of time if you are hosting a Young American with specific restrictions. Sometimes prior notification is not possible, but you are welcome to indicate that you are unable to host cast members with dietary needs if this is a concern for you.
Am I responsible for transporting my cast members to and from the event?
Yes. We rely on our host families to get their cast members to and from camp each day. If transportation is an issue, please let us know, and we will do our best to assist.
Are The Young Americans allowed to drive my car?
Yes. However, the liability of this situation is to be worked out between you and the cast members you are hosting on an individual basis. The Young Americans, Inc. is not responsible for any damage or accidents that occur if a cast member is allowed to use your vehicle.
Are The Young Americans allowed to transport my student?
No. Due to liability concerns, The Young Americans cannot transport any non-cast members at any time throughout the Summer Camp tour.
Will I receive any incentives for hosting?
We are so grateful for the generosity of the families that volunteer to host our cast members! As a “Thank You” for opening your home, you will receive 2 free VIP tickets to the show of your choosing. You will also receive a $50 refund for each student in your immediate family who is registered for the camp. This refund will be issued once the summer camp has begun.
Can I stay in contact with my Young Americans after they leave?
Of course! If you are interested in staying connected with your cast members as they continue to travel the world, please feel free to let them know. They will be able to tell you the best options for future communications!