[HF/LC] Earn 25 Hours a Week in Volunteer Hours by Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student!

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Education Travel & Culture

Bring the world to your doorstep

The bond a family has with a foreign exchange student is everlasting and truly remarkable. Exchange students teach their host families a new culture, a new language, and a new perspective on life. The opportunity to add a new member to your family is an incredible experience and one that will last a lifetime.

ETC works with the U.S. Department of State to find homes for foreign exchange students coming to the USA on a J-1 visa. We have students arriving from 15 different countries, ages 14-18, who are looking for an American family to share this once in a lifetime experience with. Our host families and local coordinators play a crucial role in helping ETC promote goodwill and international understanding.

Earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award by hosting a foreign exchange student! This is a tremendous honor and you can earn 25 hours per week. This looks great on college applications and job resumes.

Become a Host Family - We look for loving families that have a little room in their heart, but a lot of room in their hearts. A host family needs to provide a room, 3 meals per day, & transportation to and from school. Foreign Exchange students will totally integrate within your family and our students bring their own spending money and health insurance.

See what The Rogers Family (former host family) has to say about their experience:

"Our exchange student has been such a blessing in our lives. We had no idea we were missing anything until she came into our lives. Having a host daughter has made us laugh harder than we ever have before. It’s been so special to see my kids love her, bond with her, and my daughter’s closest confident in a time of her life. She has become not just a daughter to me, but my friend."

Not ready to commit to be a host family? You can still help ETC by Becoming a Local Coordinator - Our coordinators are an essential part of our support system we offer at ETC. They help us recruit these amazing host families as well as support them & the student during their time in America.

Being a Local Coordinator is a part-time job where you can make your own schedule & earn supplemental income. We also offer incentive trips and this year is Italy!

As LC’s develop strong relationships with their students and host families, they find that they, too, learn an extraordinary amount about themselves and the world around them. We would love to hear from you if you would like to explore this wonderful opportunity & help impact an exchange student’s life.

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About Education Travel & Culture


1029 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR 97205, US

Mission Statement

Education Travel & Culture (ETC) is a top-rated non-profit [501(c)(3)] educational exchange organization. Our purpose is to promote international understanding and goodwill by providing high quality educational and cultural exchange programs in the United States and abroad.


ETC provides inbound program opportunities for high school students throughout the world to study in an American high school and live with an American family. ETC's outbound program offers students the chance to study and live in a foreign country. Education Travel & Culture is a unique, personalized organization whose first goal is to provide exceptional support for both students and host families through a network of local coordinators and dedicated office staff.

Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


MatthewsMatthews, NC 28105



  • Mentoring
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Youth Services
  • Hospitality
  • Community Outreach
  • People Skills


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 25
  • Orientation or Training
  • This position starts anywhere from 6 weeks as a welcome family, all the way up to 10 months.
  • You must have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a background check.

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