Share Your World

HOST AN EXCHANGE STUDENT

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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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20749

AREA REPS

4247

STUDENTS

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COUNTRIES

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OUR STORY

International Student Exchange (ISE) fulfills its mission of “Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders” by bringing together foreign teens, volunteer host families, and local American high schools. The ISE exchange program allows students to become familiar with the American way of life by experiencing American schools, families, and communities. American families learn about foreign cultures and make lasting friendships with the students hosted in their homes.

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OUR PROGRAM

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 volunteer host families while they attend high school.

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GIVING 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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WHAT OUR HOST FAMILIES THINK ABOUT HOSTING

I have hosted 7 now going on 8 next year. All amazing and wonderful experiences. I have learned as much or more than the students and have added 7 new children to my family. My granddaughter loves all her new aunts and uncles from around the world. Highly recommend the experience.

Ann Host Mother

I cannot begin to put into words just what the exchange experience is like as a host family. Our precious first exchange “daughter” came to us from Germany arriving this past August. She has brought so much joy to our family and we’ve made memories together that will bridge the physical distance when she returns to her home country. We look forward to hosting our 2nd exchange “daughter” who will come to us from Thailand.

Katrina Host Mother

I have hosted 13 foreign students. These students have enriched my life beyond belief. I keep in contact with most by phone and media. One of my former students is coming to spend 3 weeks with me in August for the third time since he left. My first Korean son came for a week to spend with me last February and my Korean son from 2 years ago is going to Purdue University in Indiana and spent Thanksgiving with me and my exchange son that I have this year. They are all different and special in their own ways and really make an impression in our community.

Buford Host Father

Our 4th host son arrives soon! People just do not understand how wonderful this program is! I will continue to host until I am old!

Kim Host Mother

We have had an amazing experience with the young lady that we are hosting from Germany this year! If I can host anyone can! (I am a single mom of a 13 year old son) This is the second year that we have hosted a student. Open your home and your heart to these amazing kids and you will be the one who is receiving the blessing!

Jennifer Host Mother

I have hosted 4 students so far, and they each feel like family now. I am so lucky to know these kids. I get to learn a little bit about their culture and they learn a little about ours. I would say I love my “students” but the truth is, I love my exchange daughters. They are family to me.

Lance Host Father