Exchange students are 15-18 years old when they enter the U.S and come from over 40 countries around the world. Our representatives do our best to match families with students that are most closely aligned with their hobbies and interests. Students are interviewed prior to acceptance and are screened on positive demeanor, language proficiency, eagerness to learn about American culture, and academic performance.
Exchange students cover their own travel expenses and arrive fully-insured with their own spending money as mandated by our program rules. This money covers things like extracurricular activities, phone bills, clothing, school lunches, recreation, etc. Host families are required to provide exchange students with a bedroom and place to study and be financially secure enough to comfortably host a teenager in their home. The U.S. Department of State also designates certain requirements of all host families. To find out if your family is eligible, contact your local representative today.
If you can’t host but want to promote tolerance, understanding, and friendship in your local community, you can become an Area Representative. Our representatives help us recruit and support our volunteers and students. In addition to making their communities a more welcoming and interesting place, Area representatives receive generous bonus payments for each successful placement and can also earn all-expense paid international travel opportunities.