Only a decade or two ago, international travel and cultural exchange looked very different than it does today. While handwritten letters and the occasional phone call used to be the preferred method for international communication, nowadays technology like Skype and Facetime allows exchange students to have face-to-face conversations with family and friends back home virtually […]
Why Host an Exchange Student?
When you host an exchange student, you're doing more than making his or her dream come true. As a host family, you also:
- Enrich your family, local high school, and community
- Increase the mutual understanding between people of different cultures
- Encourage peaceful relationships between the United States and other countries around the world
What are the Benefits of Becoming a Host Family?
"We actually attended our exchange daughter’s prom in Germany after our program ended. We went to celebrate her graduation there with our whole family and hers!"
- Jennifer, Host Mom in Indiana
"Sharing our culture, customs, family & home with our student while learning about their way of life is so much fun! It helps our 12-year-old daughter learn as well. Can't imagine not doing it!"
-Alicia, Host Mom in California
"One month after our exchange student left, our daughter traveled to Spain to visit with her and her family. They missed each other so much! This was 2 years ago and they still talk almost daily. "
-Rita, Host Mom in Maryland
"Somehow I got so lucky 5 years ago. My host dad didn't just open his home to me but showed me what being a great dad looks like. Being called 'daughter' by him is something I will always be proud of. "
-Flavia, former ISE Exchange Student
How Do I Become a Host Family?
Do You Enjoy Hosting an Exchange Student and Would Like Additional Income?
Join Our Team of Area Representatives
If you enjoy hosting exchange students and would like to get more involved, then join our team of Area Representatives. If you are currently hosting a student with ISE, or just looking for a source of extra income, you can receive compensation for the following:
- Recruiting new host families
- Placing students with volunteer host families
- Supervising local exchange students.
Our Area Representatives not only get paid for these tasks, but can earn a trip on our annual Celebration of Success trip!
Host Family Blog
Only a decade or two ago, the concept that students could interact with their peers from around the world on a regular basis was hardly feasible. But with the rise of social media and communication technologies like Skype and WhatsApp, modern students are more connected to the world around them than ever before. With that, […]
Whether you are just wrapping up your latest hosting experience or are getting ready to host your very first, you might already be thinking: “Should I host another exchange student?” Opening your home to a foreign student is a hugely rewarding experience for families and individuals across the United States. With ISE alone, more than […]