Did you know that 1872 was the first year American families hosted Chinese students while they studied in Connecticut?  

To genuinely build mutual understanding, dispel stereotypes, share perspectives and learn the nuances of each other's culture, Wayland participants are expected to host a student from our sister school.  The family of the student you hosted will in turn host your child.


We ask host families to be themselves, and include the child as one of the family with all the expectations and responsibilities inherent in family life.  Special memories need not be expensive:  picnics, school sports activities and concerts, board games at home, hiking, biking, trips to the library, are all activities past Jingshan Yuanyang School (JSYY) students and teachers have enjoyed.  

Aside from sharing each others' cultural heritage and perspectives, and learning about cultural nuances as well as individual family customs, the goals of living with a host family for both the Wayland and the JSYY students are learning to be independent, navigating shared space, learning self-advocacy, gaining self-confidence, and building leadership skills.  

For host families of JSYY teachers, again just be yourself.  The JSYY teachers may want to share Chinese cuisine with you and may wish to learn how to cook American dishes.  The JSYY English teacher, in particular, may be interested in watching films with you, attending book club or other interests you may have. Their goals are to form personal relationships, understand different perspectives, and learn about America through your eyes.         

Meetings will be held to go over responsibilities and expectations and you will hear from former host parents.  A quick guide on cultural differences and other forms may be found below.

If you have any questions, please contact

Donna Fong,
Mar 15, 2015, 11:28 AM
Donna Fong,
Mar 15, 2015, 10:17 AM