School Year Hosting

Host a foreign exchange student in your home for a 10-month academic year, or 5-month semester.

School Year Hosting
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    • Becoming a host family for a Greenheart Exchange student will change your life forever.
  • What an amazing journey you are about to take. Families who host foreign exchange students say that the experience has changed their lives forever. Their relationship with the exchange student lasts long after their time hosting has ended — many families visit the students’ home country, attend their weddings, celebrate the joy of their first child.  After sharing your home, community, and interests with a foreign exchange student, they instantly become a part of your family.

    School Year Hosting Basics

    • Choose to host for a full 10-month academic year, or a 5-month semester
    • Provide a separate bed, 3 meals daily, and local transportation
    • Treat your exchange student as a member of the family
    • Students can be in the U.S. on the J-1 Visa, the F-1 Visa or a FLEX or YES Programs grant recipient; they all come with their own spending money and medical insurance

    Why Host with Greenheart Exchange?

    • Experience: Since 1985, Greenheart Exchange has placed over 20,000 international exchange students with families seeking to host a foreign exchange student.
    • Diversity: Students come from a range of cultures and backgrounds, with over 60 countries represented.
    • Civic-minded: Greenheart Exchange encourages all foreign exchange participants and interested host families to volunteer and give back to their host community.

    “We are truly blessed with the experiences that the Greenheart Exchange program has brought to our lives. Markus and Jack are loved so very much and thought of and appreciated as our own sons and will always be welcomed into our lives and home with arms wide open.”  — The Lowry’s, a Greenheart Exchange host family in Texas

    Get Started

    1. Fill out the inquiry form and let us learn a little about yourself.
    2. A Greenheart Exchange Local Coordinator who lives in your area will contact you to answer your questions and provide you more information about the hosting experience.
    3. Complete an online application.
    4. Meet your local coordinator in-person.
    5. Select your exchange student.
    6. Get ready for one of the most rewarding experiences in your life!

    The Department of State implemented a toll free number (1-866-283-9090) for secondary school students, which was effective August 1, 2009. The toll free number can be used by host families, exchange students and the public to report circumstances impacting the students’ health, safety and well being during their exchange visitor programs. You may also email the Department at jvisas[at]state[dot]gov.