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David Martin, host family and volunteer coordinator





"This is one of the best experiences in America. There is a difference between friendships and family, and I needed a family here in America. You gave me a family. I am really grateful for this program."

- Terry, Korea 2011

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Office of International Programs
and Development

5000 Abbey Way SE
Old Main Room 430
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-438-4504
Fax: 360-438-4359
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST

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Host Families

Welcome to our host family site! Here you will find information about how to become a host family for an international student attending Saint Martin's University as well as information about upcoming hosting opportunities.

Apply now to become a host family

  1. To begin, please download and complete an application.
  2. Submit your application by email to or by mail to:
    Office of International Programs and Development
    Saint Martin's University
    5000 Abbey Way SE
    Lacey, WA 98503
  3. The Host family coordinator will contact you concerning your application and arrange a brief in-home interview. A background check authorization will also be required and processed.

Home Away From Home

The Saint Martin's Home Away From Home host family program provides a unique opportunity to cultivate a long term relationship with an international student. This program is designed for host families to form an ongoing relationship with a student that continues through the course of their time at Saint Martin's. In a sense, you become their American family and provide a "Home Away From Home." We find that these long term relationships with internationals are the most beneficial and rewarding. This program also provides great flexibility for the host family and the student to set up their own time to connect and do activities.

Begin your journey as a host family by completing our application.

American holidays

The holidays are a perfect time to host an international student! Our American traditions can be a valuable and exciting learning experience for an international. Also, it provides internationals with a place to stay while the campus is closed and most students leave for home. It becomes very quiet and lonely on the campus during the holidays.

Your commitment to hosting during an American holiday is simple for one weekend stay. There is no long-term commitment to the student(s) and you can choose which holiday you prefer. Also, there is the benefit of getting to know many different internationals from many different countries through hosting during our short-stay American holidays program.

Below are the common short-stay holidays that are available:

  • Martin Luther King weekend
  • President's Day weekend
  • Spring break
  • Easter weekend
  • Thanksgiving weekend
  • Christmas break

Begin your journey as a host family by completing our application.

Host families play an integral role in helping international students to have a successful experience at Saint Martin's. Through a host family relationship, international students experience many important cultural and family customs that are nearly impossible to learn in the classroom. Also, your friendship with one of our students will provide them with invaluable support when homesickness sets in. As a host family, you can have a part in creating a life-long impression on a young person's life, and make an international friendship that can last a lifetime.

Our goal is that every Saint Martin's international student can experience American culture and hospitality. Opening your heart and home to an international student is a rewarding experience not only for the student, but for your family. Your family will gain a greater cross-cultural understanding, sense of purpose, and a new friendship through your participation in our program!