Greene Middle School



St. Joseph LaSalle

October 6-16, 2020 


Host Family FAQ


What are the responsibilities of the host families?

  • Plan to meet your exchange student at the airport on the day of arrival and bring your exchange student to school on the day of departure to the designated meeting area.

  • Make transportation arrangements to get your exchange student to and from school every day.

    • If you intend to send them on the bus, you will need permission from the school to do so

    • If you require assistance with transportation, please reach out to other parents on the contact sheet who can carpool.

  • Send a packed lunch everyday with your exchange student

  • Include the exchange student in your daily activities so they have a greater understanding of American life!

    • Visit local attractions

    • Cook meals with them or go to popular restaurants. Don’t forget to take them to a good hamburger spot!

    • Take them to the movies or watch TV with them (don’t forget to put English subtitles on, just in case!)

  • Exchange students bring their own spending money

    • Take them shopping! Exchange students often love to shop at outlet malls and stores such as “Marshalls,” and “Target.” Most of them have an idea of what they would like to buy so ask them and you can help them find it.  

  • Provide an authentic cultural experience in which students actively use the English language.

    • Most exchange students must take English as a foreign language in school. It is a requirement to graduate. Communication has rarely been an issue during the hosting experience.

  • Supervise your exchange student as you do your own child. They are minors and their families are trusting their care to you.

    • They will have teachers traveling with them, so any questions or concerns should be shared with them and their teachers.


What will the students be doing during their stay?

  • Exchange students will travel to school with their host every day. They will either be shadowing your student at school or will be going on excursions to the local area attractions

  • On the days the exchange students shadow their hosts, they will have a chance to learn what an American school is like

  • On excursion days, exchange students will see the local and popular sights. They will leave from school and travel with a private coach. French teachers will accompany the students on all of their excursions.

  • Weekends will be spent with the host families.

  • You will receive a day-by-day program including an agenda with flight details, sights the students will be visiting and their return to school. We kindly request that you make arrangements to pick up your student at the times indicated on the program or make alternative arrangements for him/her.


What if there is an emergency/problem?

  • All exchange students are covered by medical insurance and will have a copy of their insurance with them.

  • In case of a life-threatening emergency, please take them to the hospital and call A La Carte Travel immediately!

  • For any other medical problem, call A La Carte Travel and we will determine the best course of action.

  • The students are traveling with two chaperones who can also assist if there is a problem.

  • If there is any sort of problem, you need to contact A La Carte Travel immediately. We will do everything in our power to help the visit go smoothly. If we are told at the end of the stay that it was unpleasant, it will be too late for us to do anything.


Who is A La Carte Travel?

  • A La Carte Travel has specialized in educational group travel to and from Europe, Canada, and Latin America for over 20 years.

  • We are committed to providing educational institutions affordable access to a priceless opportunity and the chance to experience other cultures and languages. Our goal as an organization is to promote the values of understanding through experiencing and learning about other cultures.


Daily Itinerary

*Please Note: Host Families must pack lunch for host students daily. Host Families will also bring the students to the school daily OR the students should take the school bus with their host students*

Day 1: Tuesday, October 6th, 2020- Arrival 

Students will arrive at San Francisco International Airport and host families will either meet the students at International Arrivals or students will take a private coach bus to the school and meet the families to begin their homestay.

Day 2: Wednesday, October 7th, 2020- San Francisco

Students will arrive at school and then take a private coach bus to Muir Woods and go across the Golden Gate Bridge. They will have time to explore and have lunch before taking a private coach bus to Sausalito and have time to explore the area. They will return back to school in the afternoon for pick up. 

Day 3: Thursday, October 8th, 2020- Monterey & Carmel

In the morning, the students will arrive at school and take a private coach bus to Monterey. They will have free time for lunch and shopping. They will then take a private coach bus and have a panoramic tour to Carmel before returning back to the school for pick up. 


Day 4: Friday, October 9th, 2020- School Day 

Students will shadow host students at Greene Middle School to learn more about American middle schools!  

Day 5-6: Saturday, October 10th-Sunday, October 11th, 2020- Homestay

Students will spend the weekend with their host families. 


Day 7: Monday, October 12th, 2020- San Francisco 

Students will arrive at school and take a private coach bus to San Francisco and visit the Coit Tower and have a guided visit. Afterwards, they will drive to Golden Gate Park and Bridge and then visit the Japanese Tea Garden. They will walk to the Science Academy and visit before returning back to school for pick up. 

Day 8: Tuesday, October 13th, 2020- San Francisco 

Students will arrive at school and take a private coach bus to Fisherman's Wharf and have free time to explore. Then, they will take the cable car to the Financial District and have free time to explore Lombard Street and Chinatown. They will return back to school in the afternoon for pick up. 


Day 9: Wednesday, October 14th, 2020- San Francisco 

Students will arrive at school and take a private coach bus to Stanford University and have a guided tour of the university. They will then go to the Computer History Museum and visit. In the afternoon they will go to Googleplex and have a guided tour before returning back to school for pick up. 


Day 10: Thursday, October 15th, 2020- Depart

In the morning, students will take a private coach bus from the school to the airport or families will take them to the airport (TBD)


St. Joseph LaSalle

Information to come! Check back soon for updates!