Ideally, host families and their exchange students have relationships built on open communication and honesty. But sometimes, coming into a new family’s home can cause students to feel unsure about how to approach unfamiliar or confusing situations. Add in a language barrier and cultural differences, and sometimes the communication breakdown is hard to mend! Many […]
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
A semester or year spent living overseas as a teen elicits plenty of emotions — excitement, anticipation, and wonder just to name a few. That said, some level of discomfort and even sadness is inevitable when an exchange student embarks on an extended trip so far from home. Helping your student adapt to and embrace […]
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 […]