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Cultural Exchange Programs

Diversity and cultural awareness

Since 1999, Education Travel & Culture promotes cultural exchange programs. Our inbound program opportunities are for high school exchange students where they study in an American high school and live with a volunteer American family. Our outbound program offers students the chance to study and live in a foreign country.

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Become a host family

Our host families learn about a new culture by providing a place to stay for a foreign exchange student.

Work With ETC

Local coordinators become part of the ETC team by mentoring exchange students and help recruit host families.

Study Abroad

It’s time to have an adventure abroad. Choose your destination and have one of the best experiences of your life!


"We are currently hosting a student from Germany through ETC".

"It has been an amazing experience. From the preparation and training they provided before she arrived, to the guidance, activities, and follow-up they have had during our year, the experience has been great." - Karen Host Mom

"We have hosted several students with ETC and we love the close family atmosphere the organization provides!"

"The fact that it is a smaller organization allows for more personal relationships with our local coordinator and other host families in the area". - Jennifer Host Mom

"My wife and I have had 2 students so far since learning about ETC".

"I love the way that the local coordinators are involved with hosting parties, visiting homes of the students, and the overall availability of things to do for students and their American families". - Jeremy Host Dad

Hosting FAQs

Who are our students?

Our students are between 14-18 and come to America on a J-1 Visa. They are fluent in English and maintain a C or higher in all of their high school courses. They provide their own health insurance, spending money, and are eager to share their culture.

How will hosting benefit my family?​

Give your family an understanding of other cultures and the ability to communicate cross-culturally.

What would my responsibilities be?

- Room and board.
- Transportation or carpooling.
- Guidance and support for the student. 
- Monthly contact with ETC representative.

We don’t have an extra bedroom

That’s okay! Students can share a room with one host sibling of the same gender and similar age.

What if there is a problem with our student?

ETC will be there 24 hours a day for emergencies and support. Your ETC Local Coordinator will be in regular contact with you to help solve problems and offer support and guidance.

We are very busy, is that a problem?

Living with a busy family is the best way for a student to learn about life in the U.S.

Find your Student

Start your application now!


Phone Number

(503) 222-9803 in Portland
(877) 222-9803 Toll Free
Fax: (503) 227-7224


1029 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205

Become a host family

*US applicants only