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You're correct, in the USA host families don't get paid a salary, BUT, they do get 401K tax breaks which mean if they host a student they get a reduction in the tax bill, which in a roundabout way of receiving a salary.

I am Canadian myself, and in Canada we have a similar set up.

In Ireland however, there is no such tax break. And you're right the cost of living in Ireland is much higher.

The company I'm hosting for now and coordinating is www.LingooSchoo.com a new company owned 100% by Irish host families, not some global organisation focussed just on profits. Much of the money a student pays for the program gets reinvested in to student welfare through the host family, school uniforms, school books, school transport, school annual fee and day trips. The money paid to host families really just covers cost of room, heat, food, light, water, wifi, wear & tear. You could never get rich hosting students, that's for sure! :) :) :)

I did a cultural exchange to France in 1992, and remember how dreadful it was. There were maybe 30 of us in a tiny village in the South of France. We attended a day school for French lessons, but in the evenings and free time there was no real coordinated activities. I don't think anyone in our group smoked, but couldn't believe the number of French kids who did! Even the hosts I stayed with didn't seem to mind their son Jean smoking. However never put me off being a host, and myself and my ex husband enjoyed it. Now I do it alone.

While Ireland remains a top destination for students to come, I do suspect this industry will change because of Brexit, Euro crisis, terrorism, global changes.

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vom 14.7.2017 00:22
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Gastfamilien in USA werden doch bezahlt !

Mein Sohn geht in 2 Wochen nach Florida.

Uns wurde vorher gesagt, die Familien bekommen ein Taschengeld.

Durch Zufall habe ich vor wenigen Tagen eine Stellenanzeige der örtlichen Koordinatorin gefunden.

Dort werden bezahlte Gasteltern gesucht, die monatlich 600$ bekommen! Der Anteil am Programm sind für die Gasteltern 12000$ / Jahr. Das bedeutet, das die Organisation und die Koordinatorin offensichtlich monatlich von uns auch noch 400$/ Monat bekommen.javascript:%20tag_einfuegen('wütend');

Entsprechend der Stellenanzeige ist auch die Zielgruppe an Gasteltern nicht das, was uns versprochen wurde.

Haben gerade unsere Platzierung bekommen. Wenn das Mittelstand ist, sieht es ganz schlecht aus für USA.

Unser Sohn will schon gar nicht mehr los javascript:%20tag_einfuegen('Hmmm');

Ec.se hat uns vorher viele Zusagen gemacht. Mündlich natürlich. Bis zur Unterschrift. Jetzt will keiner mehr was davon wissen.

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