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Guide for Host Families

Charlotte Kundts
2015
Passage II Proposal
Hansen, Kirsten

I.
Introduction
My family has always been interested in hosting a student but this year was the first year
that we received a student from Mongolia for a week. No one told us anything about hosting
besides getting our student where they needed to be and feeding them. We didn't know how we

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should act or what we should do while they were here which lead to a awkward atmosphere for
the first 36 hours or so. Because of my experience I want to create a Guide for Host Families.
This guide will include interviews and experiences from previous host families, suggestions from
current exchange students, places to take exchange students, shopping areas, what to expect,
what to prepare for and more. This passage will allow me to interact more with the DCIS
community, learn more from more experienced host families and share useful information for
those who wish to host in the future. The final product would be used as a resource in the Travel
Center.
II.
Learning Objectives
A. To learn how to conduct an interview
B. To learn how to write a manual.
C. To learn how to communicate well with my passage committee
D. To learn to compile information in a way that makes sense
E. To learn how to manage my time
F. To learn how to incorporate information into a product
G. To learn what places people from out of the country enjoy
III.
Timeline
Activity

Learning
Objectives

Documentation

Decide on my
topic/Draft my
proposal

Passage Proposal 30-60 min

4/17/15

Committee
Meeting

Signed Signature 30-60 min


Sheet

4/18/15- 4/20/15

Make
Questionnaire
for Host
Families and
Exchange
Students

Questionnaire
sheets

60-90 min

4/13/15 - 4/17/15

Make questions
for personal
interview with
two exchange
students and two
host families

Written/recorded
responses

60-90 min

4/21/15 and
4/23/15

Interview French A
exchange student
at the end of
their stay

Task Hours

Recorded/written 60-90 min


responses

Date Completed

4/29/15

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Research places
and things to do
with exchange
students

List of places
2-4 hours
and why they are
recommended in
final PDFs

Week of April
20th

Ask exchange
G
students which
place they have
enjoyed the most
during their stay

Written notes

90-120 min

Week of April
20th and 27th

Ask host
G
families where
they brought
theyre exchange
students

Written notes

90-120 min

Week of April
27th

Put together a
summary
information
document for
Geri

D, E, H

Summary PDF

2 hours

Week of May 4th

Make in depth
descriptions/doc
uments for more
information

D, E, H

PDFs

10-40 hours

Week of May
11th and 18th

Make all
documents into
PDFs

H, B

PDFs

60-90 min

Week of May
25th

Present Passage

B, H

Signed Signature 45-90 min


Sheet

Week of May
25th

IV. GPS Domains


This passage will demonstrate my proficiency in three of the four GPS domains:
Communicating Ideas, Recognizing Perspectives and Taking Action. I will communicate my
ideas through my guide for host families PDFs that the DCIS community will have access to in
the travel center. I am recognizing perspectives by looking at the exchange experience from both
the exchange student and host family. I am Taking Action by creating a guide for others with
interviews and recent information on Colorado.
V. Form
The form of this passage will be a presentation, a finished Guide for Host Families,
documented interviews and pictures of the exchange students and host families who let me

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interview them. The audience for this passage will be DCIS students and staff and the audience
for the final product will be current and future host families.
VI.
Anticipated Challenges
The most difficult part of this passage will be time management and editing. I am starting
this passage about 3 months later than other students leaving me with a month and a half to start
and finish it. Also, even though I think of myself as a proficient writer I am not very good at
editing my work so that it sounds clean and flows well.