Why your family should host an exchange student with ETC

The benefits of hosting a foreign exchange student are truly limitless; Gaining another member of your family, learning a new language, eating new meals, experiencing another way of life, etc.

Our Family Has Young Kids…We Just Aren’t Ready to Host Yet

Many families think they have to be empty nesters or wait until their kids become teenagers in order to be great hosts, but that could not be further from the truth.

Helping your Exchange Student Process Homesickness

​Host families play an integral role in introducing the exchange student to the community and helping students make the most of their experience in the United States.

What to know before hosting an exchange student

Bringing the world into your home, family and community by hosting an international high school exchange student is not a decision that should be taken lightly.

International Students Enrich Your Community

International students play a part in social development. See what ETC says about how students contribute to communities while also benefiting themselves.

Too Much Contact with Home

Many students deal with their feelings of homesickness and culture shock by seeking out close communication with family and friends from their home country.

Five Simple Safety Tips for Host Families

Inviting an international student into your home is an exciting experience that thousands of host families enjoy every year. It is a time to share your culture, learn about someone else’s, and develop strong bonds along the way.

How to make American friends at school

Tips from "Actual" ETC Students!

Perceived Lack of English Proficiency

Some students may not be very communicative when they first arrive in the U.S. Communication in a foreign language is extremely tiring and can be frustrating.

Tips for Dealing with Conflict

Avoid some of the common pitfalls associated with international travel.

Student Adjustment Cycle and How the Host Family Can Help

These stages are far from universal, but most students who arrive in August for a 10 month stay, experience many of these stages at different times and to different degrees during their stay. Acknowledgment of these stages may help you to better understand some of the feelings your student may experience.

Adjustment and Adaptation Issues

Conflict between student and host family is not uncommon. Causes of conflict include: failure to follow host family rules, weak adjustment effort and uncooperative attitude.

Tips for host families: preparing for student arrival

While there can be a substantial amount to prepare for as you get closer to welcoming your student, you can rest assured that your cultural experience with them will be a positive one.

Differences in Religion and Spirituality

Spirituality is a deeply personal matter and religion religion may or may not be an important part of a host family’s life.

Culture Shock and Homesickness

Culture shock is the physical and emotional discomfort experienced when living in a culture with different values, perceptions, cultural norms and beliefs that “threaten” a person’s understanding of what he or she thought to be “right.”