The 3-day homestay program welcomes new international students to Corvallis. Homestay hosts give new arrivals a ‘soft landing’ at OSU and help them get started in their life at OSU.  We’re always looking for new hosts--particularly for the September arrival dates.

If you wish to host a student, please email to the Crossroads’ home stay coordinator: crossroads.homestay@gmail.com 



       Friendship            Support            Connection

Recent Homestay Experience

Cecilia and Dave:  It was an absolute delight to host Yorinda Lommers from Netherland. She has degrees in Human Resource Management and Strategic Management, and will be taking courses in Business Administration at OSU. A few hours after Yorinda arrived in Corvallis, she attended the International Scholars/Faculty Coffee hosted by Crossroads and Folk Club held at CMLC. She made important connections at the coffee. We went to the Farmers Market, walked downtown, hiked in Chip Ross Park, played ping pong, pool, and card games. We cooked together, ate together, and played together. Sunday night, we went to an organic vegetarian potluck; she had a chance to visit remotely located cooperative gardens, in addition to our spacious home garden. 

Yorinda: I had a wonderful time staying with my host family: Cecilia and Dave. It was such a warm welcome to Corvallis and I would definitely recommend the Crossroads Homestay to all international students! Cecilia and Dave made me feel at home in their beautiful house, showed me Corvallis and we did lots of fun activities together.








“Hosting for OSU Crossroads has been part of our routine since 1985 after Art’s Fulbright year in Denmark with our family. It means a lot to be in a home and not be “a visiting tourist.”  We took this photo last March at Waldport when we treated our 5 German students to a break before finals.  After last winter’s snows, they celebrated some fun in the sun doing the OSU cheer to share with their family and friends.  Currently we are both conversation partners with two OSU scholars. Try it. You’ll like it.” - Art and Marilyn Bervin.


Sumar Jono, a student from Indonesia, came to OSU in 1995 for a Master Degree in Actuarial Statistics. He participated in the Crossroads 3- day Home Stay program when he first arrived in Corvallis. His Home Stay hosts were Rita and Ted Powell and their daughters Brittany and Summer. Jono’s wife, Fia, is an aeronautical engineer. Vallisa and Sekar are their daughter. Vallisa was named for Corvallis because she was born two months after Jono came to OSU.

Urmila’s homestay student from France, Selene and her friend Paco, spent the Thanksgiving 2014 with the Gore family.

Nancy and Ray William's stories:

WHAT:  international dinner

WHO:  2 former homestay students

WHEN: September 2004

WHERE:  our home in Corvallis

We had two Home Stay students from Vietnam. One, a pharmacy student from Hanoi, in 2002, and then came another, a pharmacy student from Ho Chi Minh City, in 2004.  Separately, they were remarkable, but on the evening when we sat around our dining room table together, they were extraordinary.  I clearly recall one saying, “Once we were told that you were enemies, but now we are all together pursuing a common purpose.”  For us who grew up during the Vietnam War, it was an evening that we could not have anticipated.  What a privilege!

WHAT:  picnic

WHO:  host families and students

WHEN:  September 2004

WHERE:  Avery Park, Corvallis

As we were waiting in line for a hamburger off the grill, a woman with a German Shepherd walked through our crowd.  Spontaneously, I asked the French student behind me, “Do you eat dogs?”  He scoffed, “No, only the Chinese do that!  Do you?”  I replied, “No, we don’t.”  I thought that the conversation had ended.  But a few minutes later, he walked over to me at the table and said seriously, “You’re wrong.”  He continued with great aplomb, “You Americans do eat dogs.  They’re called hot dogs!”

WHAT:  finding the perfect tree

WHO:  3-day home stay student from Ethiopia

WHEN:  December 2011

WHERE:  Sunrise Christmas Tree Farm, Kings Valley

A student from Ethiopia was excited to go with us to find our Christmas tree, but he had no boots.  Ray loaned him a pair, and everything went very well until he wanted to remove them.  They were a size too small.  We had never heard him giggle, and his laugh was contagious.  When Ray and I visited him in Ethiopia in 2013, he recalled the incident and we laughed once again!