Host Family FAQs

See our Host Family FAQs below and find out how you can get involved in one student’s dream of education and service.

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Who can host?

Located in every state, volunteer host families provide our student ambassadors an experience of different cultures, traditions, and lifestyles from state to state. SAE Host Families are also flexible and open-minded, are age 26 or older, come in all sizes and represent the diversity of American culture. Our families are of varied economic, religious and racial backgrounds and include working parents, empty nesters, singles, and single parents.

What would be expected of me and my family?

Safety is our number one priority, so we ask SAE host families to abide byregulations 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 daily meals
  • 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

How long does a student stay?

Most SAE students will attend a full academic school year of 10 months, typically September through June. We do have a few students every year hoping to attend for only the spring semester, afive month program.

What countries do the students come from?

SAE students are from across the globe, with many of our students hailing from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Meet some of our students!

What do I have to pay for?

SAE high school exchange students come with their own spending money and are responsible for paying for their own personal activities and extracurricular activities, including school clubs. You will need to pay the extra, minimal costs, associated with housing another person, such as utility bills, increase in groceries, etc.

Will my exchange student be covered under my health insurance?

Students have their own accident and health insurance coverage during their stay. They will not have to join your health plan.

Do I get paid to be a host family?

Hosting is a volunteer opportunity. The Internal Revenue Service has authorized families to claim a $50 per month charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns.

What if I have questions about adjusting to my student? Who do I contact?

You will also have access to 24-hour support and advice from your Local Coordinator, who will help match you with a student, promote the program to your community, and monitor your experience during your student’s stay.

I’m excited to host. How do I get started?

Submit our short Host Family Application and we can get you matched with a student who matches YOUR family’s interests! You’ll receive an email with login information to our online database where you will access the application. You will also be contacted by a Local Coordinator in your area.

Have more questions?

Call us at (512) 323-9595 – we’re excited to tell you about our students’ dreams and how you can make it happen!

 

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