"We were really anxious about taking in a complete stranger. But it turns out, it was one of the best things we could have done for our family. We love our student, and all the culture, warmth & sense of completion she brings to our home." --Host family 2017
Hosting is a tremendous experience in which you can share in a young person’s hopes and dreams and develop a lifelong connection with a student and family from another country. It can be challenging to help a young person transition to a new culture and ease into the surroundings, but the rewards are immeasurable.
Host families take care of student's food, transportation, and day-to-day needs. They treat their student as if they were one their own: exchange students are expected to follow family rules, do chores, follow curfews, etc. Also, we ask that host families include students in their activities, family reunions, trips, etc.
We highly encourage host families to review some interactive first night questions, by CLICKING HERE for some interactive first night questions. These questions are designed to help students and their host families get to know each others' customs, culture, and how things run around the host's home.
If you'd like to learn more about hosting an exchange student, contact Penny Atkinson, our Youth Exchange Officer.