What is Home Away from Home?
Home Away From Home (HAFH) is a program designed to connect international students at Abilene Christian University with families in the Abilene community. HAFH is not a home stay program nor are there any financial obligations or sponsorships involved and participation is purely voluntary. Participating families and students spend time with each other at least once a month at organized events or personally planned activities with the hope to provide our international students with a first hand experience of what it’s like to be a part of an American family and to have a place that they can call home away from home. HAFH gives families in the community the opportunity to learn about the student’s culture and home country.
Finding Her Home
The HAFH program is open to all ACU International Students, including American Citizens who have grown up overseas (TCK’s). Students must be able to commit to meeting with their HAFH family at least once a month for the duration of the academic calendar year. Amen Mugisha enjoyed her experience with her family and so can you.
“My experience with ACU has been better than what I expected and that is because I was emotionally, spiritually, academically supported by my host parents on every step of the way.”
-Amen Mugisha, Rwanda (’22)
Food for the Soul
Our families in the Home Away From Home program are more than just meal providers and mentors; they are family. Our ACU students stay connected with the community while our families learn about new and exciting cultures.
“I have had have incredible times in the US with my host family. The first thing I like about my host family is the food. They cook really good food, which I enjoy every time I am with them…I also enjoy playing with their kids, who are a blessing. Very nice kids with good manners.”
-Felix Mbikogbia, South Sudan (’21)
Calling on Our Community
Married couples with or without kids, as well as single parents are welcome to participate as host families. We especially encourage families who are interested in learning about other cultures to take part in this program! Please note that families must be able to commit to the entirety of the academic year. Your ACU student is waiting for you.