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Share Your World

HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT

Since 1982, we've provided the opportunity for American host families, local community leaders serving as Area Representatives, and exchange students from around the world to learn, grow, and share in the cultural exchange experience together. Over the past 10 years, we've provided programs for...

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Hosting a Student Will Change Your Life

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We have hosted 3 times between 2009 and 2015. Our first student came from Mexico with ISE. This experience changed our family forever. Through this exchange program, I gained children who I can now call my own. Even though they only stay for 10 months, they will always be mine. This experience opened our family to the possibility of adoption and as a result, we adopted a six-year-old boy who is originally from Ethiopia. We have learned so much about ourselves and the countries we have hosted from (Mexico and Spain). I cannot recommend it enough!

Deanna R.

Hosting a Student Expanded Our Family Forever

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Our first experience as a host family was a blessing and expanded our family all the way to Germany! We hosted a girl from Germany so our 2 boys could experience having a sister and they didn’t just have a sister for a year, they have a sister for life.  She came back and visited us the following summer after she went home and then we went to Germany to visit her and meet her family.  It has been an experience of a lifetime and she will always be in our lives!  Having such a positive experience opened our hearts to hosting a boy from Spain and we look forward to him coming back to visit us this summer.  He filled our hearts with laughter and so many smiles.  His family has even visited us already! For the upcoming school year, we will again host, this time a boy from Thailand.  Our German girl has even met our soon to be Thai boy too! We just love expanding our family and knowledge of other cultures!

Marcia P.

Becoming a Host Family Has Been A Joy

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This was our first experience hosting an exchange student and I was a little nervous because we live in a very small town in Rural Kansas. Would there be enough for her to do? Would she get bored? However, the moment Maria stepped into our lives, she took our family and our small town by storm. She fit right into our lives and she was always happy to share with us about her life in Germany. We spent many of mealtimes just talking and enjoying her company. A favorite thing we would do is “ Family Night” where we would often order a pizza and watch a movie together. Remeber how I said I was worried she would get bored? She was a flurry of activity. She had a wonderfully positive attitude and tried choir, tennis, track, and art-just to name a few activities she was involved with. She made many friends at the school she attended. Several of her classmates told me what an impact she had on their lives. She was a joy to have in our family and in our community. Your life will be greatly enriched through hosting an exchange student. Ours certainly was!

Cathy D.

Hosting an Exchange Student in Our Open Home

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During the 2009-2010 school year, two families from my school hosted exchange students and I thought it would be a neat experience. We hosted our first student in 2010 and have been hosting since then. Being a host family has so many rewards! First, the bond that you make with students from other countries is unbreakable. I get messages from all my students all the time and they still call me mom. Second, it teaches your own children to open their hearts to other cultures. Third, it gives you a chance to help another person which in itself is very rewarding. My youngest child was 1 when we started hosting and she considers them to all be her brothers and sisters.
We have hosted two students from Korea, two from China, one from Brazil and one from Venezuela. I had two students decide even decide to come back and stay for a second year. This summer, my oldest is getting married and we are hoping to have most of them here so that we can get a family photo. My daughter got to go visit Brazil for two weeks when she went back with one of the exchange girls. Two of my daughters and myself got to go to China for two weeks and see the country and meet her parents. I would not change my experience for anything and we are planning on hosting again next school year.

Bonnie B.

Exchange 2.0

We are so excited to welcome our exchange student, Servio, to our home. His father, also Servio, was my exchange student when I was in high school over 25 years ago. We look forward to passing on this lifelong connection to the next generation!

Jen B.

You can learn more about becoming a host family by reading our host family blog and checking out our host family FAQ.

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Our Mission

International Student Exchange (ISE) fulfills its mission of “Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders” by bringing together exchange students and volunteer host families. The ISE exchange program allows international students to become familiar with the American way of life by attending local high schools, experiencing authentic family life, and participating in community service. As a result, American host families also learn about foreign cultures and make lasting friendships with the students hosted in their homes and their families.

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Why Choose International Student Exchange

24/7 Support

ISE will never treat your experience as a one-time transaction. After all, you’re not buying a pair of shoes — you’re spending many months enrolled in a cultural exchange! As such, we offer an unparalleled level of care and support to all of our exchange students and host families. We have a fully-staffed support team, a 24/7 emergency hotline, and an online support community for our program participants.

A Non-Profit Mission

As a non-profit organization, ISE is dedicated mainly to providing wonderful cultural experiences for students and host families — at a cost that more students and their families can afford. Our mission is to bring the people of the world closer together, and our passionate network of volunteer host families makes this mission possible.

Dedication to Quality

ISE follows all rules and regulations set forth by the US Department of State. DOS compliance ensures your experience with us is safe and fun.  ISE’s exchange program has also been granted a full-listing each year since our founding by CSIET (the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel), making it a safe choice for students and host families. 

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Our Programs

We provide a twelve-month, ten-month, first-semester, or second-semester program for international high school students. After students have been carefully screened for language, grades, and overall suitability for the program, we provide placement in public, or upon written request, private high schools. Our exchange students then live with a volunteer host family while they attend high school. We also offer various programs for American high school students to live with a vetted host family and study abroad internationally.

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Doing More with ISE Gives Back

ISE Gives Back,  our philanthropic program, is designed to provide support to those crucial organizations at home and abroad that create opportunities and lend assistance to children in need so that they can grow, participate, and thrive in the global community. Children Incorporated, our domestic partner, has worked diligently for 50+ years to assist impoverished children throughout all 50 states.

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About Our Partners

ISE partners with international agencies in over 90 countries in order to facilitate quality programs for our exchange students. Each year, our trusted partners make it possible for thousands of exchange students to travel to the United States to live with a host family and experience the American way of life. We also maintain an affiliated office in China.

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