Students come from all over the world to study on the Monterey Peninsula. Living with an American host family is a valuable addition to an international study program.  A shared living experience offers the opportunity to build meaningful relationships and the chance to experience American culture in a much more personal way.

The cost of the homestay program ranges from $750-$950 per month, depending on whether or not the host family will be providing meals for the student (in addition to an initial $350 Program Fee). Most homestay arrangements are for an initial one month commitment between the student and host family. If the student is staying longer, after this initial one month period, the student and family may decide to continue their homestay or the student may choose to make other living arrangements.

Each family is selected and reviewed according to a comprehensive application process.  A personal on-site visit is conducted by the Homestay Coordinator to each home to ensure the best environment for the student. If meals are included in the homestay agreement, families are responsible for providing breakfast and dinner for the student 7 days a week.

Viva International Homestays charges a one time, non-refundable $350 Program Fee.  Receipt of this payment must occur before a host family can be reserved.  The Program Fee should be made payable to Lisa Rohrer or Viva International LLC by postal money order mailed to PO Box 286, Pacific Grove, CA 93950.  Students can begin the process by filling out a Student Application and forwarding it to

Viva International Homestays

Telephone: +1-831-869-8844