Bring the World
Into Your Family

Host an International Exchange Student
Sharing cultures, changing lives

Each year, EF High School Exchange Year connects thousands of international exchange students with caring host families across the United States. Together we bring cultures together, open communities to the wider world, and create lifelong friendships that span the globe. And you can be a part of it!
Become a host family

Become a host family

Welcome a new culture into your home and provide a life-changing experience for a teenager from another country.

Be a local coordinator

Become a local coordinator

Enrich your community by matching exchange students with local host families and supporting them throughout the year.

All across America, EF exchange students and host families open their hearts,
open their minds, and open their worlds.

We love sharing their stories

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from our families
top reasons to host

Hosting an exchange student is rewarding in so many ways- here are three of our favorites! 

1. In addition to learning about a new culture, hosting allows you to share your family’s way of life, connect with your community and rediscover American traditions.

2. If you have children of your own, hosting an exchange student introduces them to other cultures and opens their eyes to the world. 

3. When you host, not only do you gain a new son or daughter, but you also build a lifelong bond with a family from across the globe.


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