The 2013 International
Thanksgiving Homestay Program
Wednesday, November 27 – Sunday, December 1
In Cooperation with The International House of Chicago
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Thanksgiving is truly an American holiday with historical significance. It is America's oldest tradition and is a time when families gather together to celebrate. You are invited to become part of an American family for the four-day Thanksgiving holiday. You will be a guest with a host family in one of our six participating Illinois communities: Geneseo, Morrison, Paris, Prophetstown, Rockford, and Sterling-Rock Falls. This year the dates of the program are Wednesday, November 27 to Sunday, December 1, 2013.
This four-day Thanksgiving holiday trip is administered through International House at the University of Chicago. The buses leave from International House on Wednesday afternoon to take you to your host family, and return on Sunday at approximately 6:00 p.m. You are responsible for your own transportation to and from International House.
The International Thanksgiving Program was founded in 1956 by Trudy Trogdon of Paris, Illinois. Trudy was inspired to promote international understanding by organizing a program designed to bring international students to live with American families for the Thanksgiving holiday. Over the last 57 years, the program has grown to include numerous communities throughout Illinois who now extend an invitation to international students to join their families in celebrating this holiday weekend.
HOW TO REGISTER
If you would like to participate in this exciting program:
- Click HERE to download the form. Please completely fill out the application form, and type or print legibly.
- Spouses and children are welcome and family groups will stay together
in the same host family home. Please list the name, age, and sex of
each family member on the application card as this information will
help us to make appropriate assignments.
- Please enclose a check for $35.00 which covers administrative costs.
This fee is non-refundable. There is no other cost for this program.
Checks should be made payable to International House.
- Please return the completed application with your check for $35.00
no later than Friday, November 1. Late applications will
not be accepted.
- Upon receiving your application, we will send you a confirmation
letter with further information about the program and directions to
Due to limited space, students who have participated in the program
in previous years are not eligible to participate in
the program. Applicants also must be 18 years of age or older; you must
be a registered student at an accredited academic institution or professional
school in the Chicago area; and you must have resided in the U.S.A.
for less than four years.
JOIN THE FUN!
Take part in this unique opportunity to experience American family life. For more information about the program contact the international student adviser at your school, call the Office of Programs and External Relations at International House or visit our Web page. We look forward to your participation in the 2013 program!
"I have had an amazing experience and I guess that I made friends
for life. I felt like being in my own family and that's nice when you're
- Tine Panhozer, Germany
"My host family represented what is best and beautiful about
this country. They opened their hearts and home to me and made me feel
like I was part of their family. This was an unforgettable experience
that I will always treasure. I will recommend this program to all my
other international friends."
- Maria D. Liwag, Taiwan
"My home stay has been wonderful for me because it permits one
to know how some American families are hospitable as African families."
- Daoudaz Mariko, Mali
"I have been in Chicago for two more years. By this trip, I found
people are different between city and town. People are nice and close
here. My family had a good time with my host family. They provided clean
rooms, good food, and spent a lot of time with us. We became friends."
- Richang Xia, P.R. China
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL HOUSE
International House of Chicago was founded in 1932 through a gift from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. It is a coeducational residential and program center for students from around the world. Each year the House accommodates over 400 graduate and undergraduate residents - about half from countries other than the United States - who are pursuing academic and professional degrees, preparing in the creative or performing arts, or training with international firms at one of numerous institutions in the Chicago area. The mission of International House is to enable students of different nationalities and cultures to live and learn together in a community that builds mutual respect, understanding and life-long friendship.
International House of Chicago
1414 East 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Telephone (773) 753-2281
FAX (773) 753-1227
Web Page http://ihouse.uchicago.edu/