Have you ever wanted to bring more cultural awareness into your community and family?
We have opportunities all over the U.S. through our Xplore MyChoice program for families interested in hosting an international student during the school year. We have students studying in the US anywhere from 2 months to a full academic year or more. The hosting experience will expose your family to international people, ideas, and language.
Would you or your family benefit from being in contact with an international high school student?
Since 2013, Xplore USA has worked with some incredible families from across the US, from east coast to west coast, Wisconsin to Florida to welcome high-performing international students to spend a year studying abroad at a US high school. These students bring with them an appetite to learn and achieve as well as a desire to live as an American teenager in a host family and experience life at an American school.
‘MyChoice’ is exactly what defines our high school placement program. Our goal is to allow students to accomplish their educational and extra-curricular goals while studying abroad, so we have developed a high school program that not only allows students to choose where in the US they want to study, but also what they want to study by requesting specific classes or activities to participate in. Whether they have a passion for robotics or culinary arts, we specialize in placing students in the right experience to match their passion.
Our family has hosted 7 exchange students from Asia, Europe, and South America. Each student has enriched and changed our lives. They became members of our family as we built memories together. We love them and are so grateful for the opportunity we had to have them in our home.
How do I become a Host Family?
What are the requirements for a host family?
Families provide a safe and loving home, meals, and their own space. Host families welcome their host student into their home as a family member, and include them in their daily life. We expect you to live and work as you normally do, which provides our student with a genuine experience of American life. Our host family community is very diverse and we welcome families of all shapes and sizes – single parents, empty-nesters, same-sex couples, young couples, families with and without children.
What are the benefits of hosting?
Opening your home to a new family member is a rich and rewarding experience! You will make a new friend and learn about their culture. Many families report that, through hosting, they grow closer as a family as they participate in fun activities and learn new ways of communication. Please see below for program specific benefits for your family.
What will the English level be of my student?
English skills vary although most are of an intermediate level. They are required to have a minimum of a pre-intermediate level prior to a homestay program. The most enjoyable part of hosting is learning new ways to communicate!
What support can I expect from Xplore USA?
We have a strong network of support available to all our host families during their hosting career – from Local Coordinators to Program Managers and Directors, who can answer any questions you have at any time.
We aim to give all our families as much information prior to welcoming a student, with additional training for those hosting long-term so that families feel as prepared as possible.