Host an International Student

Students around the world contemplate and dream about an exchange experience. They wonder what things will look like once they are actually living with an American family and going to school. The impact an exchange experience has on a student is profound and meaningful. Being a host family not only gives students a place to call home, it changes their view on Americans, their perspective on life, and it gives them the gift of friendship and of family. As you change their lives, you change yours. Cultural differences melt away, and the rewards of hosting come with the realization that you made a difference… You have changed lives!

Meredith, Founder of Camp Helping Hands, serves as a Local Coordinator for ICES (International Cultural Exchange Services). She is happy to tell you more about the hosting experience.

To learn more about how you can become a Host Family for an international exchange student, contact Meredith.

(805) 244-5071

About ICES

ICES is a nonprofit organization committed to educational study abroad programs. For twenty five years, ICES has promoted a more peaceful world by bringing awareness and cultural understanding to thousands of exchange students from all over the world.

ICES is a leader in the field of youth exchange, with a team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to creating positive exchange experiences for all participants. As a Local Coordinator for ICES, Meredith truly understands the challenges that exchange students may face, as she has lived abroad and learned another language while overcoming cultural differences.

ICES is designated as an official J-1 sponsor through the U.S. Department of State and meets all meticulous government regulations. ICES has been a member of the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange (ALLIANCE) since 1997. We have maintained a full listing with the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) for 25 years. CSIET establishes standards for operating international exchange programs, they monitor compliance, and disseminate information regarding international educational travel organizations.

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