A homestay is a unique opportunity where guests and hosts families are able to experience, learn, and grow together through cultural exchange. This type of relationship is achieved through a high degree of mutual respect, a willingness to learn, and a mutual desire to participate. At Ojisu, it is our mission to help establish these long-term, trusting connections through education, technology, and sharing.
Who can stay as a guest with Ojisu?
We welcome anyone to sign up as a guest on Ojisu.com. Regardless of whether you or your child are looking to stay with a homestay family for a short-term vacation or long-term studying abroad program, we welcome you to join our international community!
Are there any age requirements?
Nope! We set up homestays for guests of all ages.
For guests under 18 years old:
At the end of the booking process, you must either (1) provide proof of domestic guardianship in the US or (2) purchase guardianship services from American Homestay Services (AHS) along with the booking.
For guests above 18 years old:
Please feel free to explore Ojisu, we hope you have wonderful experience with our hosts around the US!
If I am under 18, do I need US guardianship as a guest?
Yes, all guests who are under 18, must either (1) provide proof of domestic guardianship in the US, or (2) purchase guardianship services from American Homestay Services (AHS) along with the booking.
Do I need to be a student to stay with a homestay family?
Nope! Although we commonly coordinate homestays for international students, we support all guests who want to get a genuine taste of local, American life through living with a host family.
Do I need US health insurance as a guest?
It is highly recommended that all guests are insured in the US. In general, hosts strongly prefer that guests have domestic health insurance coverage. Hosts will be able to see whether or not a guest has insurance on their profile.