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ORGANIZATION: American Councils for International Education


Would you like to create a lifelong bond with a future leader from the other side of the world? Would you like to have an enriching and rewarding experience adding a young person to your day-to-day family life? Would you like to make a lasting impact on the life of a young person? Consider becoming a volunteer host family. By hosting an exchange student, you'll be a cultural ambassador for your country and help shape America's image.

American Councils is looking for families and individuals to host high school international exchange students during the 2024-25 academic year on a merit scholarship funded by the U.S. State Department. Designed to support person-to-person diplomacy and foster greater cultural understanding between our countries at a time of growing tension, the YES and FLEX program will bring exchange students who have outstanding academic records, speak English, and have a strong interest in learning about U.S. culture. Students arrive with medical insurance and receive a monthly stipend for their personal needs.

Families and individuals as diverse as America itself can host exchange students. We ask that you be open to new cultural perspectives while providing a comfortable bed, a quiet place to study, daily meals, support, conversation, and guidance as the student adapts to American life.

It's difficult to explain the joys of hosting an exchange student in a few words, but this Kroger ad does a great job at highlighting the lifelong bonds our families make with their exchange students: (note: we do not own the rights to this video or music)

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About American Councils for International Education


1828 L STREET NW, Suite 1200, WASHINGTON, DC 20036, US

Mission Statement

A leader in international education, academic exchange, and overseas language immersion, American Councils creates opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world.


American Councils for International Education is a premier, international nonprofit creating educational opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an interconnected and increasingly interdependent world.

Through academic exchanges, overseas language immersion, and educational development programs, American Councils designs and administers innovative programs that broaden individual perspectives, increase knowledge, and deepen understanding. After being immersed in other countries and cultures, our participants become culturally aware citizens of the world, contributing to mutual understanding and successful international collaboration.

From developing the first exchanges of Eurasian and American students and teachers in the 70s - to current initiatives supporting collaborative education between the U.S., Middle East, South America, Asia, and Africa - American Councils facilitates overseas experiences that create informed and empowered global citizens. Since 1974, American Councils has responded to the needs of the communities where we work with hundreds of robust, international education programs that include academic exchanges, language immersion, testing and assessment, professional training, community development, and scholarly research.


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


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




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