Save dates now to host World Folkfest dancers
It’s that time of year again. Summer is creeping up on us. While your planning your super fun vacations, don’t forget the Springville World Folkfest. This year, we’re looking for families to host dancers from Indonesia, Colombia, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Nepal, Morocco, Belgium, Chile, Peru, Poland, and Taiwan.
Some of you may not know what all is involved in hosting. The following is a brief description: Guests will arrive around the 26th of July. They will be picked up by host families at the Art Shop in Springville across the street from the Springville Art Museum.
Host families provide beds and food and transportation for the dancers while they are here. They don’t need to have a private room (an air mattress on the family room floor might be okay) but they must not share rooms with host family children. Feed them as your family would eat or you could take them to the store and ask them what they want. If you take them out to eat, you pay. If they request to eat out, they pay.
During the Folkfest week, the guests have many required events and performances; however, we try hard to make sure there is extra time for guests to spend with their host families. Families traditionally take guests around to see the sights of Utah Valley and shopping if they wish. You don’t need to be with them all the time but don’t leave them alone in your home. They may be alone with children for a while but not young children and not for too long. Try to make their time full and enjoyable.
Host families are responsible for making sure guests get to Folkfest events in as timely a manner as possible. There are performances every evening and some daytime activities depending on the group. Host families receive a schedule beforehand. If there is a conflict with a family activity, your guests can go with another host family for a while. Talk to your neighbors about hosting. It is always more fun if other families are hosting too. Around Aug. 2, guests will be bused either to their next festival or to the airport. Host families drop them off with a heartfelt goodbye in Springville.
We have all ages and both genders available but men are harder to place so if you can host men, that would be greatly appreciated. We recommend hosting two to four dancers but if you would like more, we can accommodate. However, we cannot send less than two guests to each home. We can also make accommodations for those who would like to host only part of the week, are in need of drivers or cannot host but can only drive.
While this may seem like a lot of commitment - it is - it is also very much worth it. Our family considers Folkfest our vacation at home and sees it as an opportunity to experience countries and cultures we would never be able to afford to visit and we do activities here in our area that we wouldn’t otherwise do. In this light, the time and expense given in hosting is small in comparison.
So, check your schedule, talk with your family and let us know if this is something we can make happen for you. For more information or to sign up to host, contact Heather Quass, Springville World Folkfest housing director, at 801-8508454 or at email@example.com. We are also still looking for country chairs to help find host families. If you’re interested in being a chair, your help would be greatly appreciated.