Host a Student or Scholar

Host Family

Welcome home. 

Each year, American families volunteer to open their homes and hearts to host students, scholars, and professional fellows on academic exchanges. Because of American families of every type in every state, participants gain real insight into everyday America. 

Programs that regularly need host families include:

Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program: High school students are from countries of the former Soviet Union including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program: High school students are from countries with significant Muslim populations, including Albania, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Egypt, Gaza, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Israel (Arab Communities), Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, West Bank, and Yemen.

TOMODACHI Youth Exchange: This scholarship program, created after the 3/11 tsunami, brings together high school students for two weeks in DC and two weeks in Japan to learn about leadership, culture, and community building. Read our students' blogs to learn more about this unique exchange between DC Public School students and students in Japan. Host families are needed in the greater Washington, DC area for just two weeks (late July). 

What's it like hosting a high school exchange student?
High school exchange students are active members of their host family and community. They pursue volunteer work, make country presentations, and share their culture. Students are proud to represent their home countries as citizen ambassadors. American host families provide students with three meals a day, a bed to sleep in, and a welcoming environment. For host families, it's a unique way to engage firsthand in a cultural exchange--and change a young person's life.

Learn More
For more information about hosting an international high school student, visit our site or email us.


Professional-level programs often need short-term host families, too. These include scholarship programs like:

Professional Fellowship Program (PFP): Young professionals (25-35) from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine shadow their counterparts in the US for approximately six weeks in October-November.
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Individuals or families interested in hosting may contact PFP@americancouncils.org.

YSEALI: Young professionals (25-35) from Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam shadow their counterparts in the US for approximately six weeks in October-November.

Individuals or families interested in hosting may contact YSEALI@americancouncils.org.