Connecting International Students to Caring Host Families
Open Your Heart and Home to a Foreign Exchange Student!
Learn About the World Without Leaving Your Home!
Change an Exchange Student’s Life!
The goal of the SAE Homestay Program is to assist international students in identifying quality screened host families to stay with while they are studying in the United States. Many students from abroad send applications to schools, only to find out they cannot attend school without a local address and guardian. Student Ambassador Exchange will help you find a host family excited for your school year and the cultural experiences you bring!
Student Ambassador Exchange also assists schools who would like to have more international students on their campuses but who do not offer host family finding services to their applicants. We can assist your students in finding a local host family in your area that is carefully screened and excited to have an international student in their home.
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Student Ambassador Exchange prides itself on providing students with high quality host families during their stay in the United States. The biggest benefit of our program is total language and cultural immersion with an American family. This allows students in our program to progress in their language development at home while being able to focus on academics at school. 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!
Interested in becoming a host family? Use this page to learn more about the process!
Students who apply to come to the United States through Student Ambassador Exchange demonstrate enormous potential, in and out of school. They are typically aged 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!
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!
We do not charge host families any fees for hosting an exchange student! However, host families should be ready to be responsible for the following:
Room & Board
Students can have their own bedroom or share a bedroom with a child of the same sex. However, the student needs to have his or her own bed, and it should be a bed that is neither convertible nor inflatable in nature. In addition, the student should have adequate storage space for clothes and personal belongings, reasonable access to the bathroom, and a place where they can study. We ask all families to go over their emergency plans with the student so that they will know how to exit the home if necessary.
Host families should provide the student with 3 meals a day, except on school days when the student will be provided with lunch at school. 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.
Student Ambassador Exchange guides students through the visa paperwork process and provides them with medical insurance during their time in the United States. In addition, we 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. The Local Coordinator will also check in at least once a month in person or by phone or email to make sure that everything is going well. They will be able to address any conflicts that come up over the exchange program, and they will also help provide cultural opportunities for the student. In the event of an emergency, Student Ambassador Exchange Headquarters maintains an emergency phone that host families can call at any time.