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 it.
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!
Meet Our Students!
Students who apply to come to the United States through Student Ambassador Exchange demonstrate enormous potential, in and out of school. They are typically between 15 and 18, and none of them have completed high school in their home country. We require all students to demonstrate academic competency for enrollment in a rigorous educational program. In addition, all applicants are in great health. Beyond that, they each come with their own interests and personalities! Extracurricular activities range from competitive robot clubs to dancing and singing in school talent shows. Most of our students come from small, close knit families. Some may have 1-2 siblings while others are only children. As a result they are incredibly close to their family and involved in the daily routine. With time, these students will adjust to their new surroundings and become a part of your daily routine too!
What Makes a Great Host Family?
While there is no exact formula to determine the perfect host family, here are some common qualities we see in our host families:
- passion for learning about a new culture
- pride for their town and a desire to introduce a student to new customs
- willing to help with school transportation as needed
- ready to step into the parenting role for a student
- space to host a student
- full of ideas on what to show a student
Does any of this sound like you? Contact a program coordinator for more information today!
As a host family, you’ll need to make sure your student has:♥The chance to participate as a member of your family – your daily meals and events ♥The same care and support you would expect a child of your own to have in a foreign country ♥Sharing a room with a sibling of the same gender close in age is fine, but the student’s bed should not be inflatable or temporary in nature ♥Three quality meals, including lunches and meals eaten as a family in restaurants
Students will bring funds to cover school fees, including school lunch, books, and school events. In general, students will be able to ride the bus to school. However, in situations where this is not an option, host families will need to arrange transportation for the student. They can either ride with a host parent or carpool with any licensed driver. Students may not, at any point in their stay, operate a vehicle or take driving lessons.
We also offer 24/7 support for students and host families! There will be a Local Coordinator in the area to provide host family and student orientations as well as our home office support based out of Austin, Texas. If you think hosting sounds like an opportunity for you, please get in touch with a Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org!