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Host Family

Host families are carefully chosen based upon their desire to host a visiting student and their ability to provide a safe, comfortable home and a positive cultural experience for their new son or daughter. Host families are screened in a multi-step process to evaluate their background and suitability to accommodate an international student.

What are the Host Families like? Host families that are selected to participate in the Children Around the World student programs are diverse, but all have in common the desire to share their culture and family life with an international student. Each family is interviewed in their home and is chosen for their ability and desire to welcome a young person. Students are Children Around the World’s top priority so the families are carefully screened.


The Families are diverse. The family may have children of any age, not necessarily teenagers, or they may not have children at all. They may be married or single or may have other relatives living in the home. They may live in urban, suburban, or rural areas, and they may live in an apartment or on a farm. Students are matched with host families based on many factors including common interests and activities.

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