ISM will be hosting students from the IASAS schools (Singapore American School, International School of Kuala Lumpur, Taipei American School, International School Bangkok, and Jakarta Intercultural School) and also Friends-of-IASAS schools for IASAS MUN 2018. In order to run this event, we need to provide home stays for visiting students while they are in Manila. Groups will arrive Wednesday, November 14th and depart on Sunday, November 18th.
Why host? Hosting is an excellent opportunity for ISM students to forge international friendships, which often last beyond High School into College. Indeed, there are many instances of IASAS friends becoming roommates or joining together for regular social events at colleges around the world. In addition, hosting also has a very practical purpose as it keeps the costs of running the event at a manageable level for families. Many ISM students have already benefited (or will do so in the future) from home stays in other countries for various sporting and cultural events. Therefore, hosting students for this IASAS MUN is a chance to repay past and future kindnesses! Finally, we tend to use students hosts as student helpers for running the event. This provides CAS opportunities and also builds leadership/ management capacity.
General guidelines/expectations for host families when housing for an IASAS event:
- Pick up and drop off from and to school on arrival and departure days
- Transport to school each morning and transport home each day of the event (can be bus in the mornings on school days).
- Provide all breakfasts and some evening meals. (Students buy their lunch at the canteen.)
- Ensure there is adult supervision when visiting students are at your home each evening. (This should be an adult family member, not a paid helper.)
- Enforce the 9pm curfew for all IASAS delegates.
- Answer curfew calls from the visiting students’ advisors each evening.
Answers to commonly asked questions:
What guidelines are there for sleeping arrangements?
- You will need to provide each student with a place to sleep, bedding and a towel.
- If you have a double bed, it is fine: the visiting schools try to pair friends together so this isn’t an issue and we forewarn people so they have a chance to opt out if they are uncomfortable with this idea.
- Airbeds, mattresses on the floor of your child’s bedroom and sofa beds are also fine.
- Students sharing a room must be of the same gender.
What expectations are there regarding supervision?
- There must be an adult member of the family home during the evenings. If this is to be a relative other than a parent (e.g grandparent, aunt or uncle), please state the name and family connection on your housing form.
- In a car, there must always be a member of the host family. This may be an ISM student or parent.
- Answer the curfew call from the visiting teachers, who do this after 9pm each night.
When will I know who I am hosting? Unfortunately, hosting is like a giant puzzle. We can place the students until we have all the beds. We are starting very early with requesting housing for this event because of the October break falling only a short while beforehand. We hope to be able share this with you at least a week before the event.
I am an IASAS Delegate. Does this mean I need to house? Yes. All delegates need to house in the year they travel for an IASAS event. When a student is part of an IASAS event hosted by ISM, it is expected that they host for that event. If the student is travelling, then they must host for any event in that school year. If you cannot fulfill your obligation, you must find a family that can do so on your behalf.
I am not going to be an IASAS Delegate. Can I still house? Hosting an IASAS event will always involve many more people than just the selected ISM IASAS group. This is what makes hosting so fun! We will need around 40 volunteers who are not actual MUN delegates to run the various aspects of the convention. We tend to use students who offer to house to undertake these roles because they end up having more of a social connection to the visitors. Of course, there is no expectation to help. If you simply want to house, this is also fine!
What do I do now? If hosting is something your family is happy to do, please fill in this Google IASAS MUN 2018 Hosting Form. If you have any additional questions regarding the hosting process, please feel free to call or email me (Marsha Hillman- HillmanM@ismanila.org 028408400 ex 630/631). We will then contact you a week before the event to let you know the details of the students you will be hosting and other important logistical details. Thanks for supporting IASAS MUN 2018 at ISM!