Host an International Student
Hosting an international student is an incredibly rewarding experience! Families who open their hearts and homes to international high school students develop lifelong bonds and gain a better understanding of the world around them. Our students are enthusiastic about studying abroad in the USA, Ireland, UK and Canada. They are required to be proficient in English, as well as meet all the requirements of our partner schools. These students travel from diverse countries including Brazil, China, Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand, Norway, Italy and Germany.
What does it take to become a host family?
Our Host Families Must: Live in an English-speaking household and provide a bedroom for the student with their own bed and closet/dresser as well as a quiet space in the home to study. Families must also provide three meals per day, complete an application/interview process and pass a criminal background check.
Our Host Families Receive: An orientation to prepare for the students’ arrival as well as 24/7 local and national support with an emergency hotline.
Unlike our J1 competitors, we provide our host families with a monthly stipend per student to help offset associated expenses.
How can you work with international students?
Embrace the opportunity to learn about a new culture, support your schools and make the dream of an international student a reality by becoming a local coordinator. Local coordinators share life-changing experiences with students and communities!
Our coordinators come from many different backgrounds. Some have full time jobs while others are stay-at-home parents or retirees!
What do Local Coordinators do? Local coordinators meet the international student upon their arrival in the country. They explain our program rules to the student and ensure they understand what's expected of them. Coordinators are responsible for checking in with students at least once a month and acting as a liaison for both students and host families, particularly in terms of conflict resolution. They also recruit, interview and vet potential host families.
Local Coordinators create lasting relationships with students and host families!
Why should you become a host family?
Bring the world to you. Whether it’s a dish you’ve never tried or a holiday you’ve never celebrated, welcoming an international student into your home will open a whole new world of experiences for you and your family! It’s a lot like traveling the world without leaving the comfort of your home. You never know what kind of experiences you could be missing until they’re right at your doorstep.
Be the world to them. Young people around the world dream of studying in the USA, Canada, Ireland and the UK. Be a guide during their study abroad journey. With just a little love and support, you can be the one to make their dreams come true.
Grow Your Family. Welcoming an international student into your home is like gaining a son or daughter! The relationship you build with your student lasts a lifetime as you become their “home away from home.” (Sometimes the best way to deal with an empty nest is to fill it back up!)
Discover the Power of Diversity. It’s hard to teach children important life lessons such as acceptance, tolerance and the power of diversity. Hosting an international student is a great way to fill your home with joy and laughter while also teaching your children that what makes us different can also bring us together.
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What do our families and students have to say?
"Going in, we were a little bit nervous. We have four kids, so we didn’t know if we could handle another one, especially a teenager. But in the end, we gained a totally different perspective on life. Our kids loved him, and he was so sweet. He was an all-around great kid."
"In the beginning, I felt very lost, but then my amazing host family found me and took care of me as if I was their own daughter. They are amazing, and they are always in my heart!"
"I can't pick just one favorite memory! I loved dinnertime after Tran created an amazing dish, seeing her get along with the little kids, watching her graduate, talking together in the evenings, seeing her excitement in NYC, meeting her mother and laughing with her a lot. "
What resources are available for host families?
Local Coordinator. Local coordinators are your go-to resource while hosting a student(s) in your home. Reach out to your LC with any questions or concerns. LCs will check-in with you and your student(s) monthly.
24-Hour Hotline for Assistance. Our emergency hotline provides immediate assistance for our students and families should they encounter any challenges that our experienced staff can resolve. Reach us at 1-800-301-6014.
Host Family Handbook. Download our host family handbook for important information and commonly asked questions.
Contact us. Reach out directly to the Student Placement Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions about hosting...
ive in an English-speaking household, provide a bedroom for the student with their own bed, closet/dresser and quiet study space as well as provide their student(s) with three meals per day. To become a host family, they must also complete an application/interview process and pass a criminal background check.
etween the ages of 14-18 years old, and they speak English. Before they're accepted into one of our programs, they must submit comprehensive applications with personal, academic and health records. All students must be accepted into a school prior to being matched with a family. They are fully insured with medical and other liability policies. During their program, students are required to maintain good academic records and performance.