Globalize Your Community - Host an International Exchange Student!


Cause Areas


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


your homeSaint Paul, MN 55124


Open your heart and home to an international exchange student, and you'll make a young person's dream of studying in the U.S. a reality. 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!

CIEE, the world leader in international exchange, is looking for families in the Apple Valley 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.

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 within 4 years age difference)

- 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

- Can apply for a $50 per month deduction on their federal income taxes

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

Meet Severin, a 17 year old boy from Germany. "I love meeting unknown people and making new friendships. I also enjoy to be member in a sports club for cross-country skiing. I also love running, mountain biking and discussing about politics. While on my program I would like to join a cross-country skiing team or learn about new sports. I am on very good terms with my sisters and I also love small children. Maybe I can do some gardening work or babysitting in the neighborhood. At ten years of age I have spent 2 weeks in England to improve my English. My family has also hosted students from France and South Africa. I am looking forward to providing an understanding regarding typical Bavarian regional distinctions to my host family."

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:

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 70 years of experience in international education, CIEE is the largest and longest running sponsor of exchange programs in the U.S.


  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5 or 10 months
  • Online application, host family interview, reference check.

Report this opportunity

Report this opportunity