Families of all shapes and sizes — kids, no kids, empty nesters, single parents, etc. The role of a host family is part parent, part cultural ambassador. They make it possible for students from across the globe to learn about American culture by living with an American family, attending an American high school, and participating in the extracurricular activities typical of an American teenager. In return, host families have the opportunity to experience another culture firsthand — learn new recipes, celebrate new holidays, or perhaps learn a new language. CIEE offers ongoing support services to ensure that host families have a positive experience. Hosting an exchange student supports a transformational experience not just for the international student, but also for the host family, school, and community.
Oh, and a big house and a dog, too. Statistically speaking, yes, you are likely to be in a two-parent host family with children especially given the host family demographic that is religious and conservative. However, quite often, students are placed with families who have no children living at home, and the exchange students become very upset over it. The good thing about a host family without children? Nothing leads to more student hissy fits than being placed in a home with a single person, or a single parent usually a mother with a child.
Cultural Homestay International has contacted us in search of LGBT families that are willing to be host families for foreign exchange students from around the country. If you're interested, check out the information below! We have students years old from around the world that will be arriving in late August to attend your local high schools. These students are interested in a variety of activities including all kinds of sports, scouts, youth groups, music, dance, school clubs, etc.
After AYA international exchange students submit their nominations, we have to choose one incredible family out of the many who are nominated. While the national winner has already been chosen, we wanted to recognize a few runners up whose nominations also stood out as being exceptional. Read on to learn why Laura enjoyed her exchange year with her family and why she nominated them for Host Family of the Year:. Since day one, I feel like a part of the family.