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.
GIVE YOUR FAMILY AN AUTHENTIC, INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE … AT HOME.
Each year, families of all types across the U.S.—from a small rural town in Idaho to New York City—open their homes to a new international “son” or “daughter” and expand their lives.
Our international exchange students are exceptional. They are bright, motivated high school students representing 50+ countries who compete to come to the U.S. to experience American values and culture firsthand. These scholarship students, who are proficient in English and budding leaders in their community, desire to share a home with an American host family and attend high school for an academic year.
On average, only 3% of applicants are accepted into this elite group of scholarship students, who are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassies abroad. Our “host” sons and daughters go on to become heads of state, researchers, leaders of nonprofit organizations, human rights advocates, and more.
Be an ambassador of American culture and values by opening your home to an international exchange student. Your family deserves the world.