The decision to become a host family for an international high school student is definitely an exciting one. You’re about to bring in a new member of the family, forge lifelong relationships, and create memories that you’ll cherish forever. It’s a big event — and big events require some preparation. We asked some of our […]
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?
Cultural Exchange Chronicles
So you’ve decided to host an exchange student…congratulations! You are about to embark on an exciting journey that will leave a positive impact in your home, community, and the wider world. While awaiting the moment that your exchange student steps off of their plane and into your family, you may get anxious wondering “what can […]
It didn’t take long for Jennifer Mooney to be hooked on the ISE experience. “I had a friend at work who was hosting students … who kind of advertised the concept of it,” she said. “We pursued it and now we’re on our second student.” In their youth, both Jennifer and her husband, […]