Host Families

Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute

Host Family Information

Thank you very much for your interest in hosting fellows of Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow Summer Institute. With your help, our fellows will learn more about everyday life of American families, United States, Indiana and our communities. All institute fellows are well-educated, responsible young men and women, 16-18 years of age, from Europe and the United States and who went through a rigorous selection process.

BFTF will bring together European and U.S. high school students to discuss important issues in global and transatlantic politics, mass media, global citizenship, and community service. For part of their time at Purdue, the fellows will be staying in a dormitory, but for 10 days they are counting on a home stay experience. We are looking for families to host BFTF fellows. Many past host families have already expressed interest in hosting our guests in July 2020 so if you are interested please fill out the application now!

I really loved the week that I stayed with my host family. They were amazing people. Also, it was a great chance to learn about American families.”

The fellows will be staying with host families July 17-26, after which they will depart for Washington, D.C. with BFTF staff. On most weekdays, fellows will be taking classes on campus or participating in community service, social, and cultural events. A family’s responsibility would be to get them to the Purdue campus at 8:00 AM and pick them up between 4:00 – 5:00 (exact times to be announced). On the weekends, you would be able to take them to local events and sites as well as introduce the European fellows to family life in America. Of note is that all fellows will be able to speak English.

If you could open your home to one or two of these students this summer, that would be great. The only requirement is that anyone in the family over 18 years of age complete a simple online criminal background check. The program will take care of the background check fee at no charge to the families.

If you have any questions regarding being a host family, please contact:
Sarah Powley – Program Homestay Coordinator powleys@comcast.net

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Contact the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute
(765) 496-3029 or rapoport@purdue.edu
Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education
100 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
Room 4176