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Host Families for International Staff

During summer Resident Camp, we give campers the benefit of a culturally diverse camp staff by hiring international camp counselors. You can help to make their experience in the United States a more positive one by hosting an international camp counselor for this summer. 

When each camp session is over, the international staff needs a place to stay. Pick up a counselor from camp on Friday evening, and spend the weekend learning more about her country and culture. Take her shopping, show her around town, or just spend a relaxing weekend at home.

You can read more about the Host Family Responsibilities and fill out the Host Family Application. If you have questions, contact Frances Maloy at fmaloy@gseok.org.

General Responsibilities

  • Provide a welcoming, friendly environment for our international camp staff.
  • Guide and assist your new “family member” by providing support and encouragement as they adapt to their new surroundings.
  • Encourage the exchange of ideas and provide exposure to the American culture and family traditions of your home.

Room and Board Responsibilities

Applies to all assigned dates

  • Provide a comfortable bed, with clean bedding, and some storage for their belongings.
  • Ensure access to bathing/toilet facilities and laundry facilities.
  • Provide meals during all assigned dates.
  • Provide access to a stable Wi-Fi connection.

Transportation Responsibilities

Applies to all assigned dates

  • Welcome the staff member at Tulsa International Airport (TUL) when they arrive. 
  • Provide transportation to and from camp for work.  This typically involves picking up the international camp staff on the last day of weekly camp sessions by approximately 7:00 p.m. and dropping off the staff member on the first day of the next session by noon at Camp Tallchief (Skiatook, OK).
  • Provide transportation to stores for replenishing personal items (such as shampoo, soap, snacks, etc.)
  • Provide transportation to Tulsa International Airport (TUL) in time to board their departing flight.