Hosting an Exchange Student

Hosting exchange students is a wonderful way to add culture and richness to your life, without having to leave the comforts of your own home. Many families want to teach their children about other traditions and ways of living outside the United States and hosting a foreign student is a wonderful way to achieve this.

As a host family you are given an opportunity to share the wonderful experience of learning about your host student’s culture and sharing the knowledge of your own. Families that want to host exchange students are people with an interest in sharing the experience of living with someone with a different culture. They are also delighted to share with the students their own lifestyle in the United States.

By hosting an exchange student you will learn firsthand the exciting traditions and ancient customs from a citizen of the country. It is also a special time for the student to witness American culture and experience what it is like being the part of an American family.

Student Ambassador Exchange prides itself on providing students with high quality host families during their stay in the United States. Students get the best experiences with a host family who is as excited to learn about them as the students are to learn about America! At the same time, host families get to experience the adventure of sharing a home with someone from a different culture.  It is a great way to see the world from a different perspective without ever leaving your home!

Fill out our FREE Hosting Interest Application, and we will send you more specific information on our currently enrolled students, such as photos, introduction videos, letters and more!

What Makes a Great Host Family?

For our exchange students, it’s the little things that make their year: making s’mores, going to a high school football game, dancing the night away at prom. Hosting an exchange student doesn’t take anything fancy — just a warm, welcoming spirit and the love you’d give to your own family.

There is no ‘typical’ host family! Our families represent the diversity of American culture, and we encourage families of all shapes and sizes to host. Some families have young or teenage children, while others may be empty-nesters or newlyweds. We’ve had single parents, same-sex couples, and grandparents all be wonderful hosts.

All our host families are volunteers, and we’ve found that those who truly enjoy the experience are caring, open-minded people who want to learn more about other cultures while sharing their American life with a student from across the globe.

Find more on what it means to be a host family here. >

What's Required?

Safety is our number one priority, so we ask SAE host families to abide by regulations of the U.S. Department of State and policies outlined by Student Ambassador Exchange and the Council of Standards for International and Educational Travel (CSIET), as well as, provide:

Open communication, encouragement, patience, and sound advice.
A separate bed, which can be in a shared room with a host sibling of similar age and same gender, and a quiet place to study.
Three meals a day. (lunches bought at school are paid for by the natural family/student)
Local transportation. (students are not permitted to drive while on the program)
Treatment as a member of the family, which include the same rules, responsibility, and love provided to members of the family.

Students cover their own travel costs, health insurance, school expenses, cell phone, and spending money.

Start your Student Ambassador Exchange Journey now >

To learn more about our program, attend our Host Family Informational Webinar!

*We are currently in the process of scheduling a Webinar for 2019. Check back for more information and dates or sign up for our emails and receive up to date information via email.*

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

Interested in becoming a host family? Select an exchange student and then submit your FREE application to get matched today!

Does any of this interest you? Contact a program coordinator for more information today! or (512) 323-9595

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