Who can host?

Located in every state, volunteer host families provide these young ambassadors a wide range of landscapes, climates, activities, and lifestyles. Greenheart Exchange Host Families are also flexible and open-minded, are age 26 or older, come in all sizes and represent the diversity of American culture. Our families are of varied economic, religious and racial backgrounds and include working parents, empty nesters, singles and single parents.

What would be expected of me and my family?

The health and safety of each student is our highest priority and so we ask our host families to abide by regulations of the U.S. Department of State and policies outlined by Greenheart Exchange and the Council of Standards for International and Educational Travel (CSIET), as well as, provide:

  • Open communication, encouragement, patience and sound advice
  • A separate bed, which can be in a shared room with a host sibling of similar age and same gender, and a quiet place to study
  • Three daily meals
  • Local transportation (students are not permitted to drive while on the program)
  • Treatment as a member of the family, which may include household rules, responsibilities and privileges

How long does a student stay?

Most students are attending high school for a full school year, which is 10 months, generally September through June. A handful of students come for only one semester (5 months), and start in either the fall or winter semester.

What countries do the students come from?

Greenheart Exchange students are from over 60 countries all over the world. Meet some of our students.

What do I have to pay for?

Greenheart Exchange foreign exchange students come with their own spending money and are responsible for paying for their own activities and costs incurred for school functions. You will need to pay the extra, minimal costs, associated with housing another person, such as utility bills, increase in groceries, etc.

Will my exchange student be covered under my health insurance?

Students have their own accident and health insurance coverage during their stay. They will not have to join your health plan.

Do I get paid to be a host family?

Hosting is a volunteer opportunity. While Greenheart Exchange does not compensate host families, the Internal Revenue Service has authorized families to claim a $50 per month charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns.

What if I have questions about adjusting to my student? Who do I contact?

You will also have access to 24-hour support and advice from your Local Coordinator, who will help pair you with a student, promote the program to your community, and monitor your experience during your student’s stay.

I’m ready to host. How do I get started?

First complete our inquiry form. You’ll receive an email with login information to our online database where you will access the application. You will also be contacted by a Local Coordinator in your area.

Have more questions?

Call us toll-free at 800-634-4771. We’re more than happy to answer any question you may have.