Guests will be in host homes you for a total of 12 days. During that time, hosts provide a bed for each guest (guests can share a room with other youth - Algerian or American -of the same gender), any meals that are served while your guest(s) is in your home, and daily transportation to and from the University of Nevada, Reno. Your guest(s) will not be in your home at any time during weekday working hours, as they will be participating in workshops at the University. All food and transportation will be provided by the program during that time. Furthermore, dinner will be provided for your guest(s) at any pre-arranged cultural event (four cultural events are scheduled while the group is in Reno).
This means that guests are with hosts twelve mornings (and breakfasts) before 8:00am, eight afternoons (and dinners) after 5:00pm and three weekend days (when all three meals are provided).
The point of cultural exchange is for participants to see what a host family does in their day-to-day life, so do not feel pressure to have every minute planned. We will provide a suggested list of activities that you can use during weekends and evenings, and would also be glad to arrange for other hosts to take your guest(s) if there are any times that you cannot be with them. Your guest(s) may also have evenings when they wish to meet up with other program participants or host families. Many past hosts have commented that they expected to be “on“ and entertaining constantly while their guest was with them, but that, due to program “homework,” pre-arranged cultural activities and side activities arranged by guests or other hosts, they found that not to be the case.