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.
A professionally trained Local Coordinator (LC) will be assigned to work with your family and student for the entire program. Your LC will provide you with an orientation and maintain regular monthly contact with you and your student, often in‐person, offering advice and support whenever needed. The LC will maintain regular contact with your local high school and complete reports, evaluating your student's progress in family life, academic achievement, and social activity. Your LC and your family are, in turn, supported by a team of dedicated American Councils staff in Washington, DC, available 24-hours in case of emergency.