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Host Family FAQ

How many days are host families expected to host?
Most choirs will arrive Tuesday, July 16 (the day before the Festival starts), and depart  Monday, July 22 for a total of six nights.  However, some may arrive as early as Monday, July 15, while some may depart on Sunday, July 21 (as there are no concerts that day—just the farewell picnic). Hosting requires time, energy and flexibility.

Am I allowed to request guests from specific countries?
We cannot guarantee all guest preferences, but be assured that we will try!

How many guests do host families typically accommodate?
We try to house choir members in pairs, although if you are willing to accommodate more than two in your home, please let us know on the application.

When will I be notified of my choir member assignment?
The Housing Committee will strive to notify hosts of specific assignments in June 2013 or earlier if possible, however last minute attrition of choirs and other circumstances beyond our control may delay notification until a week or two before the Festival in July.

What am I expected to provide for guest(s) as a host family?
Host families provide all breakfasts and most lunches and dinners; private, comfortable sleeping accommodations, and transportation to rehearsals, concerts, and to Festival-hosted social events. Additional transportation may be requested of you if your guest wishes to shop, sightsee, etc. Host families often enjoy showing guests around Missoula and the surrounding area during free time, although this is not required of host families.

Where will I pick up my guest(s)?
Hosts will meet their guest(s) at the Missoula Children's Theatre at 200 Adams Street in Missoula, which will serve as Headquarters for the Choral Festival during Festival week. 

How will I know what kind of food to prepare for international guest(s)?
The Housing Committee will provide you with information on your guest’s dietary needs and/or restrictions, as well as country-specific cultural information to give you an idea of their typical cuisine.  We do ask hosts to accommodate dietary restrictions, but beyond that, are not expected to cook differently than you normally do, and most hosts are pleasantly surprised to see how much their guests enjoy American-style cuisine.  

How will I know where and when my guest(s) need to be transported?
The Housing Committee will give you a Festival itinerary specific to the needs of your guests when you arrive to pick up your guests at the Missoula Children's Theatre.

Do hosts pay admission to their guest’s performances and other Festival events?
As a token of our appreciation, each host family will receive two passes for admission to all concerts and Festival social events.

Which Choral Festival events are host family members invited to participate in?
Two members from each host family are allowed to attend all Festival-sponsored meal events from Wednesday through Sunday at no charge if they display their host badges. Additional members of your party must purchase a ticket, and the costs of each event range from $10-$15 per adult, with discounted pricing for children.  Events include (times are subject to change):

--Welcome Dinner on Wednesday, July 17 (5:00pm-7:00pm)
--Mexican Buffet and Finale Party on Saturday, July 20 (9:00pm – midnight)
--Farewell BBQ on Sunday, July 21 (noon – 3:00pm)

All hosts will receive detailed information on these events in your host packets.  Extra tickets for these events will be available at the Festival Headquarters at MCT after 12 noon on Tuesday, July 16, and can be purchased at the gate during each event.

Do host families get together for car-pooling, pot-lucks and other shared activities?  
Yes, we strongly encourage that host families “pool their resources” and coordinate on social activities to enjoy together during your guest’s free time. To help facilitate this, the Housing Committee will hold an informational, social gathering before the Festival to give hosts the opportunity to meet one another, exchange contact information, and to plan pot-lucks and other activities together.

Who should I contact if my plans to host a choir member change?
Please contact the Choral Festival office at 721-7985 as soon as you know of any changes in your plans to host.

Who should I contact to make transportation arrangements for my guest(s) if I am unable to transport them?
We ask that you first attempt to make alternate arrangements for transportation with other host families, friends, or neighbors. If you are unable to make these
arrangements, please contact the Choral Festival office as far in advance as possible.

Who should I contact if my guest has a medical emergency?
In case of a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. Community Medical Center (2835 Fort Missoula Rd.) and St. Patrick's Hospital (500 W. Broadway) are the primary medical facilities in the Missoula area.  Additionally, First Care (2230 N. Reserve St.) and Now Care (Southgate Mall) can provide medical attention during business hours.

Who is held liable for expenses related to injuries to choir guests that occur on host family property or are hurt in a car accident in a vehicle driven by the host? Should this happen, the home owner's insurance and auto insurance policies would take precedence. The ICF would not be liable in either of these circumstances.  If you are considering becoming a host, please review your home and auto insurance policies regarding these types of coverage.

 

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