Host Family

Having a normal day can change the world

Having a normal day can change the world

Have you considered hosting a foreign exchange student?

By providing an authentic family experience to a foreign exchange student participating in US State Department Programs, you are changing the world. 

It's not hard to host -- you provide the student with a loving, primarily English-speaking environment that includes three meals a day (such as you feed yourself or your family), transportation to school (often a school bus), and a place to sleep.  

From the Archives: American Councils Host Families Share Their Experiences

From the Archives: American Councils Host Families Share Their Experiences

From the archives: American Councils host families speak about the long-term impact of hosting on their families and on their communities in this Huffington Post article. In the words of one of our returning host families: "You can do it! You will never forget the school year these students spend with you. It is so exciting to greet them, and so sad to see them go.

Open Up Your Heart - Host an Exchange Student

Open Up Your Heart - Host an Exchange Student

Why host? One family talks about the bond they formed with their two "sons" and the positive impact that they made on their small community.

A Message to American International Exchange Host Families: Thank You

A Message to American International Exchange Host Families: Thank You

THANK YOU to all our host families past and present – and here's to another great year!

https://blogs.state.gov/stories/2013/06/13/message-american-internationa...

Why Host an Exchange Student?

Why Host an Exchange Student?

For a year, you will share your home, family, and life with someone who, in the beginning, will be a total stranger. It takes a special kind of family to consider themselves as potential hosts, and it’s only natural to ask, “What does my family have to gain from it?”

Inspiration

Kids whose parents host an exchange student are often inspired to study abroad, learn a new language, or travel in the future. In our progressively more globally connected world, an appreciation and respect for cultures beyond one’s own is a valuable, marketable outlook.

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