The Media Institute for Social Change is always seeking friendly Portlanders to host our students during the Summer Documentary Program. We hope to create the best opportunities for our students when they come to Portland by introducing them to inspiring community members, teaching important production and storytelling tools, and asking them to create their own documentaries about social change. Home stays are one way to help make the program affordable, but are also a unique chance for students to be a part of Portland and meet some amazing Portlanders along the way.

The home stay dates for the 2018 Summer Documentary Program are June 27th - August 9th.

If you think your household would make a good home stay, or you would like to learn more about hosting a student, please email the Executive Director Phil Busse at


Do you have a preferred part of town for students to live in?

No matter where you live in the Portland area, if you are interested in hosting a student, we'd love to hear from you! Ideally, home stays are within 45 minutes of downtown Portland by public transportation but we do make exceptions.

Do I have to be home the entire time of the program?

No. In fact, hosting a student is a great way to get a free pet-sitter and plant caretaker while you're away! Students can also offer free childcare and help around the house! 

Will students join us for meals or be expected to fend for themselves? 

Students are expected to provide their own food but do need daily access to a kitchen with some space in the refrigerator/pantry. You are welcome to share meals (some hosts share dinners, for instance), but it is not a requirement.

What kind of transportation access will the student need? 

Students are responsible for their own transportation. Good access to public transportation is key, and some hosts lend an unused bicycle to students, if they prefer to bike.

My house is small/my extra bedroom is small/the bed is small... Should I still host? What's an ideal set-up for the student? 

We ask that all hosts provide a private bedroom and access to a shared bathroom and kitchen. If you'd like to help but are not sure if your space is a good fit to accommodate one of our students, please contact us! We select home stays on a case by case situation, and our Program Manager personally visits each home stay household before we set up a student in the space for the summer. It's important to us that all hosts and students have a positive experience, so we do our best to set up students with hosts who may have shared interests and will be friends long after the program is over.


thank you for your consideration!