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Become a Host family

Host an exchange student today!

Since 1999, volunteer host families have supported ETC students by showing them love, American traditions, and becoming their second family. Opening your heart and your home to a foreign exchange student is a rewarding experience that can never be replaced.

Host families get the royal treatment of learning about a new culture without leaving their home! Our students will be sharing their culture and values with their American families. They are encouraged to bring pictures of their home country, cook authentic meals from their home, and share their holiday traditions with their host family.

"I will say becoming a host family was one of the best experiences of my life! We gained new family members from Italy...and Italy gained a piece of my heart! The entire experience was amazing....absolutely amazing!"
- Angela (host mom)

Host Family Responsibilities

Three meals a day

A place to sleep and study


Love & support

Student Responsibilities

Bring their own spending money

Have health insurance

Have good English skills

Are highly screened for suitability for the program

Are SO excited to meet their American family

Local Coordinators Responsibilities

Have received extensive training

Often have international or hosting experience

Meet with the students every month

Provide ongoing support to the host family

We have a 24/7 emergency service line for support.

We are seeking volunteer host families for January 2021

Learn more about how you can help an exchange student!

*US applicants only

Who are our students?​​

Students range in age from 14 to 18 and are currently enrolled in high schools in their home country. Students apply through foreign partner organizations in their home countries. They go through an extensive application and evaluation process.

ETC students come prepared to make the most out of their high school year in the US. They fully participate and integrate into their school, host family and community and then they return to their home country to further impact their world.

Embark on your international journey with an exchange student who comes from one of these countries:


Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam

Find your Student

How to become a Host Family?


Contact us!

Portland: (503) 222-980
Toll Free: (877) 222-9803
Fax: (503) 227-7224

Complete your application

We will help you complete the application and answer any questions you may have about the hosting experience.


Find your student

Once your application is approved, we will work with you to find a student to match your family’s interests and activities.

Why choose ETC to become a Host Family?

You are not alone

Our ETC Local Coordinators have extensive experience! They will provide the necessary support to prepare your family to face the challenges of welcoming a new member into your family.

24/7 emergency service

We have an emergency line for support. If medical attention is necessary, ETC students have medical insurance.

Local coordinators will support you

Your family will have meetings monthly. We will provide support, answer questions and guide your family in this incredible intercultural experience.

We have a very high return rate for host families

Our host families enjoy their experience so much, that 50% of them return to host again the next year.

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