Volunteering to host a high school foreign exchange student is a life changing way to broaden your child’s world view. Foreign exchange programs have been around for almost 100 years, and their mission has always been the same – to educate people about different cultures through person- to-person exchange. What better message to pass on to your children?
“We welcome host families of all shapes and sizes – families with young children, families with no children, empty nesters whose children have left home, single parents and non-traditional families,” says Donna Bell, Regional Director for Ayusa, a non-profit that promotes global learning and leadership through foreign exchange and study abroad opportunities for high school students. “The key requirements for a host family are to provide a safe and nurturing home environment, genuinely love children, and have a desire to learn more about a different culture.”