Choosing a student for your family
Every student is different - and so is every family. It's important to us that we find the right family for each of our students - this ensures that both the family and the student have a great experience. When we have a student we would like to place in your family, then we will send you the student's profile. It's important to us that your family makes an active decision to host your student, and we will ask you to read the profile in detail, and decide if the student would fit into your family.
The most important requirement for our host families is that they can provide a warm and welcoming home for one of our students. Families also need to be able to offer:
• A suitable bedroom with adequate space for a student, and place to store their belongings
• A quiet space where the student can study
• Ordinary meals as a member of your family, including packed lunches for school (some students prefer to buy a school lunch - in this case the student pays for this themselves)
We ask our families to collect their student from the nearest international airport when they arrive, to return them to the airport for their departure, and to take the student to school on their first day.
As anyone with a teenager will know, having an extra mouth to feed can be expensive. Your family will receive monetary compensation for hosting a student in order to help you with the costs of having an extra family member.
Throughout the programme
We are here to support you and your student throughout the programme. Your Local Support Coordinator will be in touch with you on a regular basis throughout the programme, and you are always welcome to contact them for help or advice. In case of emergency we have an emergency phone, which is manned 24/7 by a member of the head office team.
Making a difference
The first exchange programmes were started in the US after the Second World War. The aim was to increase intercultural understanding between the young people of the world, and thereby reduce the risk of future conflict. The importance of intercultural understanding hasn't reduced over the years, and hosting an international student is a good way to contribute to this.
Click here to learn more about the application process.