Host an Exchange Student in the Twin Cities!


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University of Minnesota190 Humphrey School, 301 19th Ave SouthMinneapolis, MN 55454


Do you want to be a cultural ambassador for your country and help shape America's global image?

Would you like to create a lifelong bond with a young leader from the other side of the world?

Make a lasting impact on the life of a young person from Russia and volunteer to host for the YEAR Program!

American Councils is looking for people with open homes to host three young Russian undergraduate students who are coming to study at the University of Minnesota on a competitive scholarship program this coming academic year, from August 2016 to June 2017.

These high-achieving students will be studying at the University of Minnesota through a U.S. State Department-funded exchange program designed to encourage personal ties and cultural bridges between the U.S. and Russia-something both countries are in critical need of in today's political climate.

The most important criteria for U.S. hosts is openness to other cultures, enthusiasm for the future of youth, and a willingness to share American culture to show these young leaders what America is really like. And in the spirit of mutual understanding, we hope our host families will be open to the new cultural perspective that our Russian students will bring to America. The only requirements are that the host families provide a caring environment, daily meals, a comfortable bed, a place to study-and most importantly, support, conversation and guidance as the students adapt to America.

Write to us at and start the journey!


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  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
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