Center for International Studies and Programs

Thanksgiving Host Family Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I become a Host for the Thanksgiving Holiday?autumn

Any Current University of Toledo Faculty/Staff can participate by filling out and submitting an online request form located on the CISP Thanksgiving Program web page.

How are Thanksgiving Holiday Hosts matched with student guests?

By submitting a request form, students and hosts are matched on a first-come first-serve basis. Matches are mainly based on the number of hosts we have available. We will attempt to match any requests, such as certain cultures.

How will I know if I am hosting a student for Thanksgiving?

After submitting the online request form, you will receive a notification with a name, email and contact information of the student you will be hosting. Our UT Explorers team will notify you as soon as we have a match so that you may begin making arrangements with your student.

What are my expectations as a Thanksgiving Holiday Host?

By signing up as a host, it is expected that you warmly welcome the students into your home. It is your responsibility to communicate with the students to make arrangements for this holiday event. Our office will not be responsible for making plans between Hosts and Students.

Where may I buy halal meat?

Some students have dietary restrictions‚ such as needing Halal meat. Halal is Arabic for permissible.  Halal food adheres to Islamic law and it butchered in a specific manner.  Halal meat can be purchased at a local markets: The Toledo Market, The Middle East Market or The Muna Market.

Are hosts expected to house their Thanksgiving Holiday Student Guest overnight?

No, hosts are not expected to provide overnight housing

Is it appropriate to bring my Student Guest to my friends or family member’s Thanksgiving Celebration?

Yes, it is absolutely appropriate but only if your friend or family member is willing to accommodate your guest.

I am not able to provide transportation for my Student Guest but would still like to be a host, is this possible?

Yes. While not required, many hosts offer to provide transportation for their student guest to and from the Thanksgiving event. For hosts who are not able to provide transportation, we will do our best to match them with students who have their own car.

Can I host a student on another day during the Holiday Break?

Sure, consider the Friday after Thanksgiving after Black Friday shopping or anytime that weekend. Do what works best for your family.


Last Updated: 10/13/16