California Instructor Homestay Program

Program Information (California)

 

How the Program Started

As you know, short-term, affordable housing can be hard to find in the Bay area. Over the past few years, we have had camper families and staff with extra space available who have hosted staff from out of town (or country). Some host families have traded childcare on the weekends for a room and some have also rented out a room in their home for a reasonable fee. Thus, we have developed the Bay Area Instructor Homestay Program for Avid4 Adventure staff and hosts!

Avid4 Adventure’s Role in the Program

Avid4 Adventure’s role in the program is to connect staff with host families. Then we allow the two parties to coordinate details from there. While this is an option, we do not guarantee a housing placement through the program. Instructor homestays are limited and another housing option may be required.

Next Steps

Ready to get started? Complete this form and a member of our Staffing team will reach out to you for a quick call to answer any additional questions you have.

Still have questions? Scroll down to see the FAQs below for instructors and host families. 

Instructor FAQs

What are the steps to enroll in the program?
  1. Once you accept a position with us, complete this survey to alert us that you are interested in participating in the program.
  2. We will send you a list of hosts who have expressed an interest in hosting. The list will include the host contact information and general info, a description of the accommodations they are able to offer and the cost they are expecting to charge each week for a room.
  3. You will be responsible for reaching out to any host families that interest you to discuss specific arrangements.  
  4. Please alert us at staffquestions@avid4.com once you have confirmed an arrangement. There will be a $250 placement fee that will be deducted from your first paycheck. This placement fee covers a portion of the free week of camp each host family receives.
What amount of rent will I be expected to pay?

Housing arrangements vary, but you can expect to pay around $200/week for a room. There is also a $250 placement fee that will be deducted from your first paycheck. This placement fee covers a portion of the free week of camp each host family receives.

Will I have my own room/bathroom?

We do ask that families provide a private room for you. However, you may be expected to share a bathroom.

Will I be expected to babysit?

That is between you and the host family and should be outlined up front so both parties are aware of expectations.

How will I get to work each day?

You will be responsible for getting yourself to work each day. Avid4 Adventure does reimburse staff for any bus/train fare to/from camp each day. You will need to turn in your receipts for fares/rider cards to your camp leadership team each week.

What kind of arrangement can I expect?

The hosting arrangements vary from family to family based on each situation – some offer a room, while others are looking for a house sitter while the family is away for the summer. There have been times that the host family asks that the staff be available to help with childcare, as well. Because of the variety of scenarios, Avid4 Adventure’s main role is to connect potential hosts with staff and then allow the 2 parties to agree on terms.

Will I have a curfew?

That should be determined between you and the host family.

What are some other housing options in the Bay Area?

Housing Resource Guide – This is a list of places our team has found near the various camp locations. By no means is this a full list, but might be a great start for you!

Avid4 – Fun in CA Facebook Page – great source for connecting about all things Avid, including housing, in the Bay Area.

RentashareRentashare is defining a new co-living experience where creators, and academics can come together to socialize, share ideas and develop relationships that will last a lifetime. Pricing is pretty reasonable!

Avid4 Staff Housing Contact list – google sheet that staff populate with their contact info if they are seeking housing. The hope is that a few staff can find a place together!

Sanborn County Park – $18/night campsites, showers available! Great for those working at our Burlingame or Palo Alto camps.

Craigslist

NextDoor.com – cool “private social network for your neighborhood.”

Nesterly – connects people with rooms for rent with people that need to rent rooms. 

University Facebook pages – Most universities have public FB pages. Examples: Mills CollegeSanta Cruz.

WorkAway – fun, creative website where you work/trade some in exchange for small jobs or tasks around the house.

Host Family FAQs

Are the staff background checked?

Yes! We conduct national criminal background checks on all of our staff annually.  We also conduct a search on the National Sex Offender Registry database annually.

Can I check references?

We check references as a part of the employment process. If you would like to obtain your own references, you can request those directly from the employee.

How much should I charge per week?

Housing arrangements vary, but based on staff wages, $200/week is customary.

Am I responsible for feeding the staff?

No. You have the flexibility to craft the relationship as it fits your family. We recommend that you discuss preferences with the employee during the screening call.

What does a typical arrangement look like?

The hosting arrangements vary from family to family based on each situation – some offer a room, while others are looking for a house sitter while the family is away for the summer. There have been times that the host family asks that the staff be available to help with childcare, as well. Because of the variety of scenarios, Avid4 Adventure’s main role is to connect potential hosts with staff and then allow the 2 parties to agree on terms.

What are the work hours of the staff?

Our staff work 40 hours/week Monday – Friday. They are asked to be at camp starting at 7:30 am on Mondays (8:00 am other days) and their day concludes around 4:00 pm.

What are the benefits of participating in the program?

Some of the benefits for being a host include:

  • Receiving a $500 credit toward any Avid4 Adventure camp for the 2019 season
  • Having a reliable renter for the summer
  • Receiving additional rental income for 2-3 months
  • Potential opportunities to engage the instructor in house sitting, animal sitting, or child care
How long will the individual need housing?

Our CA season starts 6/1 and runs through 8/18. Most instructors will need housing for the entire season. However, arrangements can be made on a case by case basis with the employee.

Can you assist me with creating a rental agreement?

We can provide you with a basic template that you can fill out and tailor to your needs or arrangement.

What happens if the arrangement is not working out?

If you feel like you would like to end the arrangement, we recommend you discuss with the employee directly.

This sounds great! How do I get signed up to start meeting some of your employees?

Complete this form and a member of our Staffing team will reach out to you for a quick call to answer any additional questions you have.

  • Instructor FAQs

    What are the steps to enroll in the program?
    1. Once you accept a position with us, complete this survey to alert us that you are interested in participating in the program.
    2. We will send you a list of hosts who have expressed an interest in hosting. The list will include the host contact information and general info, a description of the accommodations they are able to offer and the cost they are expecting to charge each week for a room.
    3. You will be responsible for reaching out to any host families that interest you to discuss specific arrangements.  
    4. Please alert us at staffquestions@avid4.com once you have confirmed an arrangement. There will be a $250 placement fee that will be deducted from your first paycheck. This placement fee covers a portion of the free week of camp each host family receives.
    What amount of rent will I be expected to pay?

    Housing arrangements vary, but you can expect to pay around $200/week for a room. There is also a $250 placement fee that will be deducted from your first paycheck. This placement fee covers a portion of the free week of camp each host family receives.

    Will I have my own room/bathroom?

    We do ask that families provide a private room for you. However, you may be expected to share a bathroom.

    Will I be expected to babysit?

    That is between you and the host family and should be outlined up front so both parties are aware of expectations.

    How will I get to work each day?

    You will be responsible for getting yourself to work each day. Avid4 Adventure does reimburse staff for any bus/train fare to/from camp each day. You will need to turn in your receipts for fares/rider cards to your camp leadership team each week.

    What kind of arrangement can I expect?

    The hosting arrangements vary from family to family based on each situation – some offer a room, while others are looking for a house sitter while the family is away for the summer. There have been times that the host family asks that the staff be available to help with childcare, as well. Because of the variety of scenarios, Avid4 Adventure’s main role is to connect potential hosts with staff and then allow the 2 parties to agree on terms.

    Will I have a curfew?

    That should be determined between you and the host family.

    What are some other housing options in the Bay Area?

    Housing Resource Guide – This is a list of places our team has found near the various camp locations. By no means is this a full list, but might be a great start for you!

    Avid4 – Fun in CA Facebook Page – great source for connecting about all things Avid, including housing, in the Bay Area.

    RentashareRentashare is defining a new co-living experience where creators, and academics can come together to socialize, share ideas and develop relationships that will last a lifetime. Pricing is pretty reasonable!

    Avid4 Staff Housing Contact list – google sheet that staff populate with their contact info if they are seeking housing. The hope is that a few staff can find a place together!

    Sanborn County Park – $18/night campsites, showers available! Great for those working at our Burlingame or Palo Alto camps.

    Craigslist

    NextDoor.com – cool “private social network for your neighborhood.”

    Nesterly – connects people with rooms for rent with people that need to rent rooms. 

    University Facebook pages – Most universities have public FB pages. Examples: Mills CollegeSanta Cruz.

    WorkAway – fun, creative website where you work/trade some in exchange for small jobs or tasks around the house.

  • Host Family FAQs

    Are the staff background checked?

    Yes! We conduct national criminal background checks on all of our staff annually.  We also conduct a search on the National Sex Offender Registry database annually.

    Can I check references?

    We check references as a part of the employment process. If you would like to obtain your own references, you can request those directly from the employee.

    How much should I charge per week?

    Housing arrangements vary, but based on staff wages, $200/week is customary.

    Am I responsible for feeding the staff?

    No. You have the flexibility to craft the relationship as it fits your family. We recommend that you discuss preferences with the employee during the screening call.

    What does a typical arrangement look like?

    The hosting arrangements vary from family to family based on each situation – some offer a room, while others are looking for a house sitter while the family is away for the summer. There have been times that the host family asks that the staff be available to help with childcare, as well. Because of the variety of scenarios, Avid4 Adventure’s main role is to connect potential hosts with staff and then allow the 2 parties to agree on terms.

    What are the work hours of the staff?

    Our staff work 40 hours/week Monday – Friday. They are asked to be at camp starting at 7:30 am on Mondays (8:00 am other days) and their day concludes around 4:00 pm.

    What are the benefits of participating in the program?

    Some of the benefits for being a host include:

    • Receiving a $500 credit toward any Avid4 Adventure camp for the 2019 season
    • Having a reliable renter for the summer
    • Receiving additional rental income for 2-3 months
    • Potential opportunities to engage the instructor in house sitting, animal sitting, or child care
    How long will the individual need housing?

    Our CA season starts 6/1 and runs through 8/18. Most instructors will need housing for the entire season. However, arrangements can be made on a case by case basis with the employee.

    Can you assist me with creating a rental agreement?

    We can provide you with a basic template that you can fill out and tailor to your needs or arrangement.

    What happens if the arrangement is not working out?

    If you feel like you would like to end the arrangement, we recommend you discuss with the employee directly.

    This sounds great! How do I get signed up to start meeting some of your employees?

    Complete this form and a member of our Staffing team will reach out to you for a quick call to answer any additional questions you have.

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