About the Author: J. Adam Ereli serves as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Each year the State Department sponsors more than 2,000 highly promising youth from around the world to study in the United States and experience life in America. Thousands of American families welcome these students into their hearts and homes each year. The home-stay component of the program is undoubtedly the most important part of the visit. By volunteering to be a host family, you and your family can benefit from the amazing experience this program offers.
Hosting an international exchange student benefits everyone involved. Your entire family will learn about a new country and culture without leaving home. Host families and exchange students share daily life, meals, and holidays. They discuss current events in their respective communities and explore cross-cultural perceptions and values. This intimacy creates lasting relationships that ultimately shape the United… more »
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