Section: ISSS

Becoming a Host - CASA Program

International Student with Host

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Community members participating in the CASA Program are not required to provide home stays; students provide their own housing. However, community ambassadors are encouraged to include their student in activities that they already had planned on doing such as a family dinner, movie night, a sporting event, or a holiday gathering.  It is preferred that CASA Program participants live within a 25-mile radius of Platteville.

Community members and international students are paired together at the beginning of the fall semester and are expected to meet approximately once per month.

The formal match lasts for one academic year, from September to May, unless you indicate on your application that you would like to host a student from Wuhan, China (spring semester only). At the end of each academic year, students and community ambassadors will have the opportunity to renew their participation in the program with their current match, request to continue with the program with a different match, or indicate that they can no longer participate in the program.

Community ambassadors will also be expected to attend a CASA Program orientation session and a Meet & Greet kickoff event (during which volunteers will meet their student) at the beginning of the fall semester. (CASA ambassadors for the Wuhan, China, students would attend an orientation/meet and greet at the beginning of the spring semester.)

Examples of activities that community ambassadors can do with their students include:

  • Hike to or picnic in a scenic area
  • Attend local ethnic events
  • Go out for coffee or lunch
  • Decorate for holidays (carve pumpkins, put up Christmas tree, etc.)
  • During an election year, watch presidential debates/election night together
  • Go to an auction, flea market, or yard sale
  • Celebrate birthday of the student or family members
  • Create a photo album together; include pictures and mementos of activities you've shared
  • Cook together; students teach community ambassador to make his/her favorite dish from home, and the community ambassador can teach student how to make a U.S. American dish
  • Visit a local dairy or farmer’s market
  • Go on shopping and other business errands (introduce them to supermarket shopping, banking, etc.)
  • Visit a public school or school of community ambassador’s children 
  • Attend school performances in which community member’s children or friends are involved
  • Attend a musical concert sponsored by a university performing group
  • Visit nearby places of historical interest


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