Host an International Exchange Student

If you’re learning a lot about countries around the world watching the World Cup, just think how much you could learn by hosting an international exchange student in your home.

If you’re learning a lot about countries around the world watching the World Cup, just think how much you could learn by hosting an international exchange student in your home. The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is accepting families of all kinds (kids, no kids, empty nesters, single parents) to host high school age students coming from more than fifty-five countries. CIEE has fifteen students scheduled to arrive to Rhode Island in August from Germany, Brazil, Thailand, China, Spain, France and Ecuador.

CIEE works as a sponsor for these students who already speak a good amount of English and are eager to learn about American culture. They have insurance and their own spending money, and there are local coordinators available for supervision and assistance twenty-four/seven. “The main requirement of the host family is kindness and a willingness to learn about another culture,” says Molly Broadbent, the USA high school regional director for CIEE. “Families who welcome a student have the opportunity to learn about the world, its many values, traditions, languages, food and more.”

Interested families must be able to host a student for one or two semesters, provide a bed and bedroom for the student (can share with same gender close in age), provide meals at home and school, and provide necessary transportation. If you wish to apply to be a host family, go to the CIEE application site to get started. ciee.org

Watch Michelle Kwan explain the program below:

Learn from a CIEE family: