North Yarmouth Academy Homestay Brochure 2020

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NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY

Homestay Program

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY

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Homestay Program

148 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096

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207-846-9051 |

homestay@nya.org

www.NYA.org



North Yarmouth Academy & the Homestay Program Founded in 1814 and located in Yarmouth, Maine, NYA is an independent, coeducational college preparatory school for toddlers to students in Grade 12, plus a post graduate year. There are 355 enrolled students with 50 faculty members. The Academy offers a structured program, and students are required to participate in an athletic or other approved extracurricular activity during each of the three seasons per school year. The Academy’s homestay program is a vital component of the NYA International Program. Serving as a host for one or more students can be a rewarding experience. Homestay families provide enriching cultural experiences and make lifelong connections with their students. Homestay parents can make a positive and lasting impact on a young person’s life. NYA carefully chooses each homestay family, and students are welcomed as a part of the family. To help ensure a positive experience for both students and homestay families, the Academy provides clear expectations and careful oversight of the program. NYA homestay families can be current NYA families, alumni parents, faculty members, and members of the greater community.

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY

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homestay@nya.org


Benefits of the Homestay Family Program There are several benefits of the NYA homestay experience compared to other housing arrangements: For students where English is not their native language, there is no better way to become fully immersed in the English language than living with a family. It provides a more authentic cultural experience. There is also an added level of safety for homestay students; a family is looking out for their interests, just like in the student’s own home.

“Having Julian become part of our family and the NYA community has been the greatest gift! We are thankful to have been part of his experience here and look forward to being part of whatever his future holds.� -Danielle, NYA Homestay Parent

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Homestay Program

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homestay@nya.org


Why Host a Student? NYA has a long history of welcoming students who are from other states and countries. In recent years, NYA has hosted students from Austria, China, Canada, Germany, India, and Spain. Students live with families in local homes. Serving as a homestay family for one or more students can be a rewarding experience. •It provides enriching cultural experiences for both student and family members. •Lifelong connections are created between student and family. •Homestay parents make a positive and lasting impact on a young person’s life. “Leaving home can be a little daunting. Coming to NYA I was a little nervous, but my homestay family really helped my transition. I never thought a bunch of strangers would make such a great impact on my life. The Kings are an amazing family who are so nice and welcoming. Our relationship will extend beyond NYA.” -Julian, NYA Class of 2020, from Canada

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY

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Homestay Program

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homestay@nya.org


Homestay Family Expectations Homestay families are asked to provide the following: • A clean, safe living and learning environment during the school year • A bed and storage space for each student • Balanced meals daily (breakfast and dinner, with weekday lunches purchased in the school cafeteria, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekends) • Transportation to and from school and school related events as needed • Access to laundry • Free access to and supervision of home phone and internet while in the homestay family home • Transportation to and from the local airport, bus, or train for arrival and departure. The driver must be a U.S. citizen and maintain an unexpired driver’s license. • Prompt communication of any concerns to NYA so they can be resolved immediately “I was not planning to go to a boarding school when I came to the U.S. because I feel like I need parents and maybe siblings. It’s a really fun experience.” -Ashley, NYA Class of 2020, from China

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY

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Homestay Program

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homestay@nya.org


Homestay Student Expectations Homestay students are asked to adhere to the following: • Treat homestay family members with respect and honor their boundaries • Follow the rules of the homestay family (and coach, if applicable) regarding rules of the household, including curfews • Keep room clean and orderly • Make an effort to integrate with the homestay family’s home life, stressing English conversation • Make and abide by mutual arrangements regarding laundry • Arrive at school on time each day • Make mutual arrangements regarding meals • Gain permission from the homestay family for any visitors to the home • Keep the homestay family’s contact information and home address confidential unless given permission • Communicate any concerns to NYA as soon as they arise so they may be resolved immediately • Adhere to all school rules while staying at the homestay family’s home

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY

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Homestay Program

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homestay@nya.org


The NYA Mission North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school. The Academy offers a structured program that establishes clear standards and high expectations in an environment that emphasizes values of mutual respect, trust, and community. North Yarmouth Academy is dedicated to fostering integrity, character, and intellect in its students. The North Yarmouth Academy program encourages students to develop: • Problem-solving skills based on sound analytical and creative thought; • Sophistication in writing, speaking and artistic expression; • Appreciation for the importance of athletic activity, teamwork and cooperation; • Self-confidence and self-respect through a breadth of experiences that extend beyond the classroom; • Concern for the larger community and an appreciation for the natural environment; • Desire to continue the process of lifelong learning.

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For more information, including details about the monthly stipend to cover expenses, please email homestay@nya.org or call 207-847-5467

NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY

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Homestay Program

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homestay@nya.org


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