Becoming a Host

International Student with Host

Community members participating in the CASA Program are not required to provide home stays; students provide their own housing. However, community ambassadors are encouraged to include their student in activities that they already had planned on doing such as a family dinner, movie night, a sporting event, or a holiday gathering.  It is preferred that CASA Program participants live within a 25-mile radius of Platteville.

Community members and international students are paired together at the beginning of the fall semester and are expected to meet approximately once per month. Although the expectation is that community ambassadors participate for the full academic year (fall and spring semesters), community ambassadors who are not available for a full academic year may note on their application that they prefer to be be paired with a student for fall semester only or spring semester only.

Community ambassadors may be paired with degree-seeking international students, semester-long or year-long exchange students, students in the English Language Program (ELP), and/or Master’s students in the Wuhan, China, cohort that comes each spring. Students in the ELP are at UW-Platteville to study English and typically have a lower level of English proficiency than the other types of international students, but they should still be able to understand basic everyday conversations in English.

At the end of each academic year, students and community ambassadors will have the opportunity to renew their participation in the program with their current student(s) or request to continue with the program with a different student(s). However, a new CASA Program application must be filled out once per year to renew participation.

Community ambassadors will also be expected to attend at least one CASA Program orientation session and a Meet & Greet kickoff event (during which volunteers will meet their student) at least once per year in the fall semester. (CASA ambassadors for spring semester exchange students would also attend an orientation and/or meet and greet at the beginning of the spring semester.)

Examples of activities that community ambassadors can do with their students include:

  • Hike to or picnic in a scenic area
  • Attend local ethnic events
  • Go out for coffee or lunch
  • Decorate for holidays (carve pumpkins, put up Christmas tree, etc.)
  • During an election year, watch presidential debates/election night together
  • Go to an auction, flea market, or yard sale
  • Celebrate birthday of the student or family members
  • Create a photo album together; include pictures and mementos of activities you've shared
  • Cook together; students teach community ambassador to make his/her favorite dish from home, and the community ambassador can teach student how to make a U.S. American dish
  • Visit a local dairy or farmer’s market
  • Go on shopping and other business errands (introduce them to supermarket shopping, banking, etc.)
  • Visit a public school or school of community ambassador’s children 
  • Attend school performances in which community member’s children or friends are involved
  • Attend a musical concert sponsored by a university performing group
  • Visit nearby places of historical interest

Apply for CASA Community Ambassadors


Apply to be a community ambassador for the CASA Program!
Application Form
Background Check Form

For a printable application form, please e-mail

Application Deadline: July 15

Important Note: Community ambassadors in the CASA program are required to fill out a new CASA application every year. In addition, if a member of your household turns 18 or is convicted of a crime, you are obligated to notify our office.

Save the Date - CASA Program Orientation

Save the Date!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Time Event Location
TBD CASA Information Session for Students International Student Orientation
5-5:30 p.m. CASA Information Session for Community Ambassadors First English Lutheran Church basement
5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet* (Both Students and Ambassadors) First English Lutheran Church basement

*Note: Meet & Greet will take place during the Community Welcome Potluck for International Students