Help an exchange student get a head start - Become a Welcome Family! (Big Lake, AK)

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ORGANIZATION: international Experience-USA (iE-USA)


Welcome a high school exchange student for 8 weeks and help them get a head start for their exchange year in the U.S.!

This temporary placement helps students get acclimated to their new U.S. community, get involved in school sports and activities, and start making friends, and gives you and your family the opportunity to get to know someone from another country and culture!

We are CURRENTLY SEEKING Welcome Families in BIG LAKE, AK for a few Fall 2022 exchange students.

As a volunteer welcome family, you would provide room/board and support the student during the transition into living in the U.S. Our student are 14-18 and come from countries like Germany, Spain, Italy, Thailand, etc. for 5 or 10 months to experience what life is like living with an American family and going to U.S. high school. Students come with their own health insurance and spending money, as well as a desire to learn about U.S. life and culture. iE provides a local representative and 24/7 support for our students and host families.

Once the welcome period is over, the student will move to their permanent host family to complete the rest of their exchange year.

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About international Experience-USA (iE-USA)


309 Division St., Suite 201, Northfield, MN 55057, US

Mission Statement

International Experience is a team of dedicated people across the globe who want to promote education across international border lines, help develop learning opportunities, and encourage worldwide understanding, goodwill, and respect for human rights among all races and cultures.


iE-USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational exchange organization that was founded in 2002. We are devoted to building and strenghthening relationships and understanding among the people of the world and believe that learning about other cultures, languages, and customs is the best way to eliminate fears and prejudices. We pride ourselves on providing individual care and direct support to our exchange students, host families, local schools, and iE team members, and we are certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).

Visit our website to learn more!


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, International


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Big Lake, AK 99652



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


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+


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

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