First night questions

  • What would you like me to call you? Mum, Dad, christen names, or something else?
  • What are family members birthdays?
  • What are my daily responsibilities while living in your home:
    • Make my bed?
    • Keep my room neat and clean?
    • Clean the bathroom after I use it?
    • Other?
  • Laundering clothes:
    • Where do I keep dirty clothes until they are to be washed?
    • Can I use the washing machine at any time?
    • Can I use the iron at any time to iron my clothes?
  • Where can I keep my bathroom accessories? (Toiletries)
  • When is the most convenient time for me to use the shower?
  • Is there anything special about using the bathroom I should know?
  • May I use the family’s toiletries (i.e. Shampoo and toothpaste) or should I buy my own?
  • When are mealtimes?
  • Do I have responsibilities at meal times, such as to set or clear the table, wash or dry the dishes, dispose of the garbage?
  •  May I help myself to food and drinks (non-alcoholic) at any time or should I ask first?
  • What do I do about school lunch? Do I make lunch or buy lunch?
  • What areas of the house are strictly private, for example, your study, parent’s bedroom?
  • What time must I get up weekday/weekends mornings?
  • May I rearrange the furniture in my bedroom?
  • May I put posters or pictures on the wall of my room? If yes, how do you want things attached to the walls?
  • Where can I store my suitcase?
  • May I use the stereo, computer or TV?
  • What time must I go to bed weekdays? Weekends?
  • What are the rules for going out at night?
  •  What time must I be at home on school nights if I go out?
  •  What time must I be home on weekends if I go out?
  • May I have friends stay overnight?  Visit during the day?
  • When no one is home?
  • What is the rule on entertaining friends in my room?
  • What is your telephone number? How do I contact you in an emergency when I am not here?
  • What are the rules about using the telephone? Local, Long distance, International?
  • How and when may I pay for calls I make? How do you want me to keep track of my expenses for telephone calls?
  • Are there times of the day when calls are not accepted?
  • What are the rules about access to the Internet and e-mail if there is a computer in the house?
  • Are there time limits or time periods that internet use is permitted or prohibited?
  • Do you have Skype? What are the rules for using Skype?
  • What is the process for sending mail and receiving mail? What address do I use for incoming mail?
  • Do you have any special dislikes? For example: chewing gum, using mobile phone at meal times, loud music?
  • Do my host brother/sister have any dislikes?
  • What are the transportation arrangements? (Walking, bus, bicycle, being driven).
  • Are there times or places it is unsafe for me to walk unescorted?
  • What are the rules about attending religious services?
  • For smokers. Where do I smoke?
  •  If I have a problem with a family member that is bothering me, how do you want me to handle it?
  • Is there anything else I can do around the house to be of help? (I.e. yard work)
  •  How do I get to Rotary meetings?
  • When we go out as a family, should I pay for my own entrance fees, meals etc.?
  • Is there anything else we should discuss?