The 2017 HomeStay Symposium will be held October 16-18, 2017 in Wheaton, IL. Registration will be available here soon.

Come to the Symposium to:
Share your school's successes & learn best practices
Attend helpful workshop sessions
Grow from inspirational guest speakers, experts, and current international students
Network & fellowship with colleagues
Take home insights, tools, & resources to use in your program
Everything You Need To Know
Here's the quick summary

The 2017 HomeStay Symposium is being held October 16-18, 2017 (Monday through Wednesday). 

The 2017 HomeStay Symposium will once again be held on the campus of Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL (greater Chicagoland area).

The Symposium is for any person involved with a Christian school international student HomeStay Boarding Program, including (but not limited to):

  • International Program Directors
  • International Program Coordinators
  • Directors of Admissions
  • College Guidance Counselors
  • Host Parents
  • School Board Members
  • Principals
  • Heads of Schools
  • Superintendents
  • ESL Teachers
  • Teachers of all subjects

Registration costs will be posted soon!

Last Year’s Schedule

Sunday, October 16, 2016

  • 12:00-6:00 PM – Arrival & Registration (at the Holiday Inn-Carol Stream)
  • 1:00-5:00 PM – Pre-Symposium Seminars (Holiday Inn)
  • 6:00-8:45 PM – Dinner & Opening Session (Holiday Inn)

Monday, October 17, 2016

  • 7:45-8:45 AM | Breakfast at Wheaton College & Announcements
  • 9:00-10:00 AM | Session #1
  • 10:15-11:15 AM | Session #2
  • 11:30-12:30 PM | Session #3
  • 12:30-1:50 PM | Lunch & Speakers
  • 2:00-3:10 PM | Speed Seminars
  • 3:30-4:30 PM | Session #4
  • 4:30-5:30 PM | Break / College Tours / Appetizers
  • 4:30-10:00 PM | Downtown Chicago Outing (optional, $30 extra)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

  • 7:45-8:45 AM | Breakfast at Wheaton College & Announcements
  • 9:00-10:00 AM | Session #5
  • 10:15-11:15 AM | Session #6
  • 11:30-12:30 PM | Session #7
  • 12:30 PM | Symposium Concludes
  • 1:00-7:00 PM | Post-Symposium Activities or Airport Shuttles

 *Schedule subject to changes.

Holiday Inn – Carol Stream
150 S. Gary Avenue
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Group Code: WAN

Standard Rooms: $107
2-Room Suites: $127

Special pricing is available until September 15, 2017.

Reserve a room online
Call: 630-665-3000

Its-a-Bird-Its-a-Plane-Its-Mobile-PaymentsAirport shuttle information will be posted here once available.

Registration for 2017 will be available soon.

You can contact Benjamin Euler, WAnet Director with any questions about the Symposium including registration, transportation, Symposium content, schedule, flights, or special concerns.

Email: beuler [at]
Phone: 951-600-1383

We look forward to serving you!

Get a Taste of Symposium Offerings
Review the Symposium Guide from 2016
6 Different Tracks
Stay with one, or mix and match.
Academic / Teachers
Covers academic-related topics with sessions specifically for TEACHERS and administrators to learn how to better meet the unique needs of international students.
Host Parents
Invite your host parents to come learn the cultural, social, and spiritual background to many international students that will help them better live with and care for their students.
Learn operating philosophies regarding recruitment & admissions of students, marketing your school, financial considerations, and legal issues to consider.
Student Issues
Dive into the deep social issues that international students face that affects their home and school lives.
Teaching the Bible
Learn how to teach God's truth to international students and disciple them for authentic spiritual growth.
Whatever other interesting sessions don't fit in the other tracks, the general track addresses a range of other topics.
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