Applying to be a host family with PIA is easy! The process is outlined below. If you have any questions, let us know!
Step 1: Complete a Host Family Application. Download the form to complete electronically or print and scan the completed application. The application can be submitted by email (to firstname.lastname@example.org), by mail, or in person at the PIA office. Once received, a PIA staff member will contact you to facilitate the rest of the application process.
Step 2: Request background checks online for all adult members (18 years and older) in the household. PIA will send a link to the applicant to complete their own background check request.
Step 3: Submit recent photographs of all members of the household, the house, and the student bedroom(s). PIA can also take these photographs for you during the home visit.
Step 4: Arrange for a home visit with PIA staff. They will meet you at your house, view the student’s room and shared spaces, and discuss with you the homestay program to explain the policies and answer any questions.
Step 5: Submit a completed W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification form with the details of the person that will receive the stipend check. No payment can be issued until this form is received.
Once these steps are completed, you will become an active host and will be contacted about upcoming hosting opportunities!