All types of families are encouraged to apply to host and there is no “typical” American Councils host family. Families come in all shapes and sizes, including those with and without children at home, young couples, “empty nesters,” single adults, and single parents.
No. U.S. State Department regulations do not allow for the compensation of families for hosting an exchange student on a J-1 visa. Host families are eligible for a $50 tax deduction for each month that they host a student in their home. Each program provides students a monthly stipend and funding for school‐related items are intended to help offset expenses.