International Students Find a Different Way of Life in Hickory County, Missouri

2024 ISE Exchange Students in Hickory County MO

In August of 2023, Jovan, Emil, Matthias, and Haritz left their homes and families in Montenegro, Denmark, Italy, and Spain to experience a wonderful adventure — International Student Exchange’s Academic Year Program. The 4 students are attending Weaubleau High School in Hickory County, Missouri.

Cheryl Gerry and Melissa Perry are each hosting two of the boys during their stay in the U.S. Gerry and Perry have been neighbors for many years and are close enough for the students to share their experiences in Hickory County. Read more about the students’ exchange experience with ISE and their wonderful host families in the insightful article in the The Index Newspaper below.

You can make a difference in a young person’s life by hosting an international exchange student. ISE is a certified non-profit organization founded in 1982 and has provided quality exchange programs for over 30,000 exchange students. We are looking for host families in Missouri.

Enrich your family, local high school, and community with new ideas and perspectives. International exchange students form a broader view in our education system and help us make it world-class. International student exchange helps globalize United States education.

ISE believes that exchange programs provide a distinct opportunity for personal growth and development, so we strive to bring this experience to as many foreign students and host families as possible. Hosting an international student often leads to the development of deep connections and lasting friendships. As you spend time together, engage in activities, and share experiences, you may form meaningful bonds that can endure beyond their time as a student.  It is our goal for this opportunity to bring the people of the world closer together through the relationships created between visiting students, host families and the local community.

For more information, contact us.

If you would like to help an exchange student’s dreams come true, we invite you to read more about hosting a foreign exchange student. If you have specific questions about hosting, check out our host family FAQ page. You can also read testimonials from our past and current host families. When you feel ready, complete our host family interest form and our area representative will get in touch with you.

You can also get involved by joining our team of Area Representatives! Help match host families and exchange students and bring the world closer together, while making a supplemental income.


Global friendship starts with local action. Volunteer to host a student today!


Change the world, one family at a time. Apply to become an ISE Area Representative!


Explore a new culture and experience a new way of life. Become an exchange student!

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