Below is a general schedule of what is done each day:
Pick up in the morning: 7:30 am at designated Drop-off locations close to your home
Drop off in the evening: Depending on the schedule — dropoff at same place or make one-on-one arrangements. Some vans can drop off at Central Winds or Shane Kelly Parks if your child has practice or you have a different situation for that night.
Friday, Feb 21
5:30 pm: Meet the host families at Sam’s Club parking lot (7701 East Colonial Drive Orlando / HWY 50 and Goldenrod Rd) You will take your Danish kids home with you from there!
Saturday, Feb 22 Together with host family
Sunday, Feb 23 Together with host family
Monday, Feb 24 Black Hammock / airboats / Premium Outlet shopping
GAMES: FKK vs EVN Our FKK teams will be matched up appropriately by age and skill level. Come out to watch your EVN kids play and cheer them on at Central Winds Park.
Tuesday, Feb 25 Universal Studios
Wednesday, Feb 26 UCF Tour
GAMES in Mount Verde
Thursday, Feb 27 Wekiva State Park + Outlet Shopping
Friday, Feb 28 TBD + Cookout (dinner) for host families at UCF Lake Claire (everything provided by EVN)
Saturday, Feb 29 Together with host family
Sunday, March 1 Together with host family
Monday, March 2 EVN departs for south Florida
How will we meet and how will I know who they are?
They will be flying into Ft. Lauderdale, then driving up to Orlando in large passenger vans. We will all meet at the Sam’s Club on HWY 50 on Friday evening. They will have already reached out to you via email with a bio and picture, so you will have some idea of what they look like. And they will ask you for a pic and description of your family.
The FKK coordinator will be at Sam’s Club and will make sure each Host Family meets their EVN students.
Can they speak English?
Yes! Some speak very well, some need help. They love the opportunity to practice their English with us.
What will we do with them for 10 days?
There is so much to do in Florida and we are lucky to have the weather to host them and be outside. Below are activities many families have done in the past. You do not need to take them to Disney (unless you want to)… they truly love just doing some of the normal things you all do as a family on weekends — like going to Publix/Target; going to our own FKK soccer games, playing outside, playing board games, etc.
The beaches, canoeing, surf lessons, paintball, bowling, Space Coast, movies, Fun Spot, go karts, shopping, Magic games, Orlando City Games, strawberry picking, UCF Basketball games…
NOTE: We will have a special pricing on the opening game for Orlando City on February 29th. Once we confirm our families, I will send info out on the tickets and pricing.
What do they eat?
Just about anything! They are pretty healthy, so having fresh fruit around is good. Once they email you, you can ask them any favorites or food they would like to try. They are usually very open minded about trying new foods.
Can they sleep together in the same room or bed?
Yes, they can share a room/bed/air mattress. Whatever you feel comfortable with and enough to give you and them some privacy.
Are they okay with pets?
On a host family form we will have you fill out — we ask if you have any pets. The EVN staff makes sure whoever they pair up with you likes pets and is not allergic to anything.
Do we pay for everything?
That is really up to you… for meals to restaurants, the host family usually pays for the meals. For expensive outings, such as Magic or Orlando City games — it’s up to you. The EVN students do come with money and usually have ample amounts to shop with.
What if they get sick. What do I do?
The EVN staff will be in full communication with the students. They will have cell phones and we can get in touch with them immediately if needed.
Do the Students have phones?
Yes, they all usually come with phones, but have to connect to WiFi or use apps to communicate with you since they won’t have normal texting working.
Are we allowed to connect with them on social media?
Yes, but that is up to you and your family. All families and kids involved have stayed in touch with their past EVN students thru social media, so it’s a great tool to use!