Publication Date

Winter 2017

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

David Shallenberger

Abstract

This capstone paper outlines the design, delivery, and evaluation processes of the 2017 LPC US Host Family Program, a short-term, pre-camp host family experience administered by the LPC Board, a US support group of Luethi-Peterson Camps, International. It seeks to evaluate the program effectiveness and to determine a set of recommendations for future organizers, based upon the results of evaluative surveys and literature review.

A full review of the research proposal was conducted by the SIT IRB, due to the sensitive nature of research participants below the age of 18. Once approved, online surveys were disseminated to participating campers, camper families, and host families, the results of which were tabulated over the course of several weeks. A literature review of host program best practices was also conducted by the researcher. Findings from both methods of inquiry were synthesized, indicating general program success, and resulted in the development of several recommendations for future program organizers.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | International and Comparative Education