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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 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.

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.

My Family Loves the Experience

My family loves hosting students. We host 2 students at a time and it has been wonderful to see our kids learning to live with someone from totally different cultures. We have had boys and girls and they have been some of the nicest and well behaved young people we could have asked for. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who loves being around young people. They are very self-sufficient in every aspect and just need some love and attention to help guide them in the right direction. Saying goodbye at the end of their journey is always the hardest part. We are looking forward to our new kids coming in August and we know it will be awesome.

Sandra G.

Hosting Our French Girl Has Been a Gift

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Hosting a foreign exchange student these past 6 months exceeded our expectations! She has become forever a part of our heart and our family! What a gift she has been to us! We have learned much about French culture from her and we have taught her a great deal about America. She adapted well and was never a difficult in any way. I feel as though we gained a daughter and a sister. We will miss her terribly! We would recommend this experience to those with children the student’s age or older.

Dana W.

Becoming a Host Family Made Our Family Grow

We loved hosting so much the first time we decided to host two teens this year. We opened our home and hearts to a girl from Thailand and a boy from Spain. We have loved having our house filled with laughter, fun, and learning about different cultures. These kids are forever part of our family. This year we learned how to cook some Thai dishes, went on a family vacation, spent many days at the beach, played lots of family board games,  went on family walks with the dogs, survived Hurricane Harvey,  heard singing in the shower and seen tears fall as loved ones were lost. We wouldn’t trade a day of it. Our home is going to feel empty when they head back home, but plans are already in the works to visit both of them and meet their families in person. We can’t wait for new adventures!

William & Jennifer P.

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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