Host An Exchange Student In North Carolina

We are seeking volunteer host families!

Exchange Students in North Carolina

North Carolina 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.

become a volunteer host family!

Please let us know of any families you think have the willingness and resources to help one of our exchange students. Exchange students come from one of these countries:

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Paraguay, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Vietnam.

Host Family Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities

Local Coordinators Responsibilities

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

"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)

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:

Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Paraguay, South Korea, Spain, and Vietnam

Education Travel and Culture ETC, host an exchange student, Become a host family, Thailand

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.

ETC Student


ETC Student


“Family is not only defined by blood and genes it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs and those whom you can always count on. Family always brings out the best in you! It’s the most precious gift.”

— Joline, ETC student from Germany

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.