Positively impact the life of your family by hosting an International HSUSA student in your loving home! From married, single, empty nesters, young kids, teenage kids or no kids - HSUSA welcomes any host able to provide a safe home, three square meals, and loving support.
HAPPY HEALTHY HOME
A bed, a place to study, and a place they can call "home."
Three a day. They know to bring money for food with friends; host families provide the basics.
It could be the public school bus or the host family or friends provide rides for where the student needs to go.
Listen to them, guide them, and love them. Learn from them and treat them as your own.
HOST FAMILIES BECOMES GLOBAL READY TOO!
Hosting an exchange student is a fantastic growth opportunity for everyone involved, and it's also a big decision. More Americans want their family to have a real connection with internationals. Hosting an exchange student gives you a robust cultural experience in your own home.
Hosted Karen, from Egypt
Host School: Ravenwood High School,
"Karen was a wonderful addition to our family. She got involved with lots of things like field hockey, a school play, and loved the travels we did around America. We went to the Grand Canyon, we saw the ocean and my daughter loved having a new sister. It was a great experience for all of us. We keep in touch with Karen and can’t wait to see her again, either over there in Egypt or when she comes back to the United States."
THREE STEPS TO HOSTING A HSUSA STUDENT
We will connect you with a Local Host Family Coordinator who can show you the available exchange students for your area.
Complete Your Host Family Application. The more detail you provide about your families interests, the easier it is to match you with your perfect student.
CHOOSE A HSUSA STUDENT
Now it gets exciting! If you apply early, once you're accepted you'll have plenty of time to Skype with your student to get to know him or her.
WHAT MAKES HOSTING A HSUSA STUDENT SO SPECIAL?
TWO-THUMBS UP STANDARD
A great connection with their host family is the student's number one job while they're in America. Every HSUSA exchange student takes our unique cultural exchange preparation classes. They emotionally and mentally preparing students to navigate potential cultural challenges, giving them the proper mindset for a great exchange experience.
HSUSA works primarily with direct applicants supported by our overseas teams and rarely works with outside agents. Why is that important? Our Two-Thumbs Up [high] Standard for pre-departure preparation makes us more selective of our students. Students who are interested in exchange for the wrong reasons self-select out and host families like that our exchange students are eager for a great relationship with their host family.
While we don't say our students are of higher quality than others, they may be better prepared. Preparedness creates a fantastic experience for the host families and the student. HSUSA also offers exceptional preparation and support for our host families. A local coordinator lives within yours or a neighboring community, there to support you.
OPEN YOUR HOME TO THE WORLD
From Orange (Virginia) >
Hosted George, from Bulgaria
Orange County High School
'We have hosted many times before from all over the world. We even ended up helping one of our exchange students come back to America and he’s like one of our family now. We enjoy opening up our home to these students and letting them be part of our family. It gives us a chance to get to know them and learn about another culture. We even ended up helping one of our exchange students come back to America.'
From Palmyra (Virginia) >
Hosted Fatma, from Egypt
Fluvanna County High School
"Hosting has been phenomenal! Fatma has added a lot of excitement to our lives. We wanted to give her a real American experience so we took trips to Florida to Disney World, to New York to see a Broadway show and many other local trips in Virginia."
From Inwood (West Virginia) >
Hosted Tim, from The Nederlands
Musselman High School
"We asked Steve [our Local Coordinator] to find us a guy who liked sports because we are a sports family. Tim, from the Netherlands, clicked right along with our family last year. While he was here, he got to go along with us on our Christmas trip to the Bahamas and really had a great time. I think he really enjoyed the American holidays."