Connecting the Kenyon community outside of Gambier is often a memorable and inspiring experience. Students discover that meaningful Kenyon relationships can extend beyond campus as they connect with alumni and parents. Hosts have the opportunity to deepen their connection with the College through current student experiences, energy, and stories.
To best prepare for an enjoyable homestay, we recommend that students and hosts speak via Skype or phone to explore whether a homestay together is a strong match. People can have varying expectations that grow out of different family cultures. As such, it’s important to clarify expectations and agreements early on and to assess if it’s a good fit all around. Topics to discuss together in advance of a homestay might include:
We anticipate your B&B experiences to be positive. However, every once in awhile an unexpected issue arises that needs to be addressed. If a student or host feels they need additional support to resolve the situation, the Career Development Office is here to help. We can help talk through an issue, offer an outside perspective, and suggest next steps. If necessary, we can also offer to mediate a conflict. Students or hosts are encouraged to contact the CDO to discuss any concerns. The CDO is open Monday-Friday from 8:30–4:30 p.m. EST. In case of a pressing issues, contact Campus Safety at (740) 427-5000 or (740) 427-5555. For medical emergencies, please contact the nearest hospital or emergency room.