All types of families are encouraged to apply to host and there is no “typical” American Councils host family. Families come in all shapes and sizes, including those with and without children at home, young couples, “empty nesters,” single adults, and single parents.
Any special dietary needs or restrictions a student may have are individual, and reasons for this may be health‐related, cultural, personal, or religious in nature. Most Muslim students will not eat pork.
Muslim students who may be accustomed to eating only halal meat (similar to “kosher”) may choose to be vegetarian while in the U.S., or come prepared to purchase their own halal meat (if easily available in the host community), or may choose to eat certain other non‐halal meats. Host families are not expected to provide halal meat to the students.