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We believe in the immense value of intercultural education - which is why we do what we do. We’ve seen it change lives, time and time again. CIEE was founded in 1947 with a simple mission: to increase understanding between peoples and establish trust between nations. For the past 70 years, we’ve helped prepare students to navigate across languages, connect with cultures, and impact global issues in today’s interconnected world. Today, we have 178 Study Abroad programs in 42 countries. We serve more than 340 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools, and 35,000-plus international exchange students each year.
Being a CIEE High School USA host family is about creating a home away from home. You’re part parent, part cultural ambassador, part mentor. Hosting is a chance to learn from one another. Our host families tell us over and over that their lives are just as touched and changed as those of their exchange student.
You’ll join 16,000 CIEE host families that welcome students from 55 counties while they attend high school with the United States’ oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization. Each year, we bring students who are eager to learn to more than 1,000 schools from our network.
CIEE host parents are volunteers who must be at least 25 years old, and able to provide the following:
- A welcoming home for one or two high school semesters
- Family support
- A bedroom and a bed (students can share rooms with children of the same gender within four years of his/her age)
- An appropriate place to study
- Meals at home and school
- Assistance coordinating appropriate transportation