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Host an Exchange Student

SHARE YOUR WORLD

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Host an Exchange Student

SHARE YOUR WORLD

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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…

HOST FAMILIES

20749

AREA REPS

4247

STUDENTS

30803

COUNTRIES

99

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Break down barriers to friendship around the world

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Host Family Testimonials

Learn About Hosting an Exchange Student from Host Families Across the USA

Agreeing to Host Has Been a Life-Changing Experience

My family and I have hosted foreign exchange students with ISE. 1 from Thailand, 1 from Slovakia and 1 from Ecuador, all for 1 full school year each. I can not say enough just how this changed our world. We created an amazing bond with each student that expanded the base cultural knowledge not only of these exchange students but for our immediate and extended families as well. As much as you teach these students, these students also teach you in return. As a result of the wonderful relationships with these students, not only did we gain knowledge, but we have gained lifetime friendships that are amazing. Many of our family members have traveled to Slovakia and to Ecuador since we have hosted these students and these students have returned to visit with our family. When we opened our hearts, it opened our minds and it expanded our family forever. We are ever so thankful for the time that we had with these students! Thank you ISE for wonderful experiences.

Karen P.

Compassion and Sharing Thanks to Becoming a Host Family

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As a host family, I did not realize that true compassion could be achievable. I thought about a lot of “what if’s.” Instead, I experienced many firsts. First time ever sharing my home with someone in their teens, first time trying real authentic Brazilian food or Thai food. I learned that by sharing my home, everyone’s hearts grew. We had many laughs and tears. The joy of hosting a student is very indescribable. We can not wait until our next student arrives.

Megan M.

Hosting a Student Expanded Our Family Forever

Foreign exchange students in America

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.

Why We Host

We began our experience last year (2016-2017) by hosting one girl. We picked her because she had a lot in common with our oldest daughter. After speaking with her, we fell in love! She was with us for about 6 weeks, we decided to add a second student, a boy. We had a family vote, including our student, and could not have done a better thing. We loved him immediately too. They were a great fit. We had so many laughs and there was so much joy in our home. Even though they went home, we still talk regularly. They are our kids, and their bio families are now our family as well. We hosted again this year (2017-2018), another boy and girl. We have had different experiences with these two, and again, we could not have found better kids. We have already picked our kid for next year…we can only host 1 next year…but I know that we are planning to continue every year, hosting kids from different countries. We are planning on visiting our kids all over the world. Our own kids have grown so much as individuals and they love having all of the exchange students around.

Kristi J.

Becoming a Host Family Was a Life-Changing Experience!

Host family welcoming their exchange student at the airport

We just finished hosting our first exchange student, a girl from Brazil. Now that she is gone the impact she has made on our family is obvious. Our kids grew to love her as she did them. The friendships with family members across the world are also priceless. You will learn that the ability to share experiences and cultures with someone else is worth more than gold. THIS is what makes life worth living and gives you the ability to give and be remembered, forever.

David S.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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