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Become a Host family

Host an exchange student​

Becoming a host family is much more than just a family providing meals and a place to stay for an exchange student. 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.

Benefits of becoming a host family​

Create lifelong friendships

Introduce your family to a new language, new foods, new music and an entirely new culture

Make a difference by supporting diversity and cultural awareness

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.

Find your Student

Student's Countries​​

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


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

We have numerous students with similar interests and hobbies as your family!
ETC strives to place our students with the right family in order to ensure the best experience for everyone.

Host Family
"The day Gina Miller came into my life was a day I will treasure forever. What started out to be an adventure turned out to be much more then I could have ever expected. I didn’t just host some student from another country; I ended up sharing my life with a beautiful young lady who I now consider to be my daughter and part of the family."
Host Family
“ETC is not concerned with money, prestige, or themselves. The goal for ETC is a true cultural exchange that makes a difference in people’s lives. True to that mission, our lives have been forever changed for the better. Thank you ETC!”

The host family needs to provide:​​


Three meals a day


A place to sleep and study





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.

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.


Choose your student

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

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