Home Stay Program
Information • MCELI
MCELI works closely with YES ESL International, Inc.
(YES) provides a quality home stay program. Our host families are chosen
after interviews and careful screening by our staff. To have a good
experience in home stay program, you should read the following
Home Stay Fee
- Home Stay fee, $600, includes your room, meals (two
meals a day on weekdays, three on weekends, holidays and during the
school breaks) and utilities. Please let your host family know of any
food allergies or food you do not like. Please inform your host family
earlier if you will not be home for supper, or if you would like to have
your supper later than the family for the particular day so a plate can
be set aside for you.
- Local calls: please limit your phone
conversation with your friends in local area to 5 to 10 minutes so that
your host family has a chance to make and receive calls, also.
Long distance calls: All long distance phone calls have to be made
collect. If you do not want to call collect, call for operator’s
assistance to get time and change so you can pay your host family right
after your telephone conversation.
Helpful hint: For long-term students (more than 4 months), it might be
easier for you to get your own telephone and line at your own experience
so that you can use the telephone any time you want to, and that your
host family doesn't worry about the bill or receiving calls.
Water and Energy
- Please conserve water and energy: Both are very
expensive! California is experiencing a water shortage, and everybody is
asked to limit water use. That is why we are asking you to take short
showers and turn the light off when you leave your room. Please take
your car to a car wash when it needs a wash.
- Keep your dirty clothes in a basket or plastic bag
provided in your room. Your host family does not have to do your
laundry. Please ask where and which day of week you can do your laundry.
It is also your responsibility to wash your bed linens.
- Keeping your room and your bathroom clean and
orderly is your responsibility. Your toiletries should be kept neatly in
the bathroom. Please take short showers. Do not throw any foreign object
into a toilet bowl.
Smoking and Alcohol
- Both smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages are
not permitted in the house.
- If you wish to listen to loud music in your room,
please use headphones.
- Please ask your host about rule for the usage of TV
- When you wish to invite a friend for a visit, ask
your host family first. Please do not bring friends home for supper
without permission of your host family. Please do not let a friend of
opposite sex in to your bedroom, or spend a night. If your friend is
visiting for the evening, please make sure that he/she leaves by 10:00
pm at the least.
- Your host family is under no obligation to drive you
around anywhere. If it is convenient and your host family can take you
to where you want to go, please offer to pay for gas (about $1.00 for
every 5 miles would be a good estimate.)
- On the day of your departure, please have all of
your bags packed and your room cleaned, so that the new student will
have the room available. If it is necessary for you to stay an extra
night or two and your host family has the room, you are required to pay
your host family per night. If the room is not available for you, you
need to make your own arrangements with a hotel or friends. When you
plan on leaving your host family, at least two weeks advance notice is
- If, for any reason, you feel that the host family is
not doing what you expected and you feel confused, talk it over with
your host family first. When you still need some help to solve the
problem, please contact housing coordinator.
- Abuse toward the host family causing them to be
extremely upset, or of extra unnecessary expense may result in an
immediate termination of your home stay with a part or all of the
refundable room deposit withheld. Every effort will be made to work out
all problems before the termination occurs.
- Please pay your home stay fee to YES office on time.
- Neither Merced College nor YES shall be responsible
for any damages - personal, property, or otherwise - caused by host
families even though YES staff devote their time to select qualified
Please fill out your
Request Form [35k pdf], and return along with all the other required
documents for enrollment.