Open Your Heart & Home to an Exchange Student in Topeka!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


624 SW 24th St.Topeka, KS 66611


CIEE, the world leader in international exchange, is looking for families in your area to host one of our international high school students for one or two semesters during the upcoming school year.

Host families come in all shapes and sizes -- kids, no kids, empty nesters, single parents, etc. In return for hosting, families learn about a different culture, enjoy lifelong friendships with students, fulfill the dream of a young person, and become global ambassadors in their own communities!

These two students will be studying in Topeka for the 2016-2017 school year and are in need of a loving host family:

Tim is a 16 year old boy from Germany.

"I am a determined Person who wants to reach his goals and I love it to laugh with my friends. My favorite interest is basketball. I also enjoy Swimming and running. While on my program I would like to join a basketball team and swimming club. Unfortunately I have never done a exchange before but I am glad to do it soon. I am looking forward to do activities and other interesting things with my host family." (F1EXP16514SR)

Gustavo is a 14 year old boy from Brazil.

"Hello new family, I hope you are all well. I'm a quiet guy, I like to be in family or with my friends. I am always in search of new knowledge and Challenging me to Learn More . My family here in Brazil loves sports and working with IT, for that reason I Also fell in love! I hope to share good times and Learning New Things. See you soon." (F1STB16512)

CIEE Host Families:

  • Accept a student into their home as a part of their family for one or two semesters
  • Provide a bed and room (student can share a room with a host sibling of the same gender)
  • Share 3 meals a day (other meals or school lunches are student's responsibility)
  • Receive local and regional support 24/7 from well-trained staff and local volunteers
  • May be eligible to receive monthly stipend of $450!!

CIEE Students:

  • Are between the ages of 15 and 18 (Grades 10-12)
  • Well screened and thoroughly tested
  • Speak English
  • Have access to their own spending money
  • Have health insurance coverage through CIEE

Becoming a CIEE host family is an experience of mutual discovery. When you give an international student the opportunity to explore American culture through your eyes, you'll discover a new culture as well, by experiencing new values, traditions, languages and foods.

For more information about becoming a host family, visit Or, you can start a host family application at any time, by going to our application page:

You may also contact Kathy Petermann, Regional Director for Kansas, to learn more: 913-244-9992 or

About CIEE: Founded in 1947, CIEE is a non-profit organization specializing in international work and education. Our mission is "to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world." With over 65 years of experience in international education, CIEE is the largest and longest running sponsor of exchange programs in the U.S.


  • Mentoring
  • People Skills
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Relationship Building
  • Youth Services

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

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