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Ways to Open Your Home!

Home Hospitality Dinner

Welcome international guests into your home for dinner! Invite friends and family to join in the fun and create a memorable American experience!


Host an International Student

Youth exchanges bring the fun in cultural exchange! Host a high school student for two-weeks and help them explore American life!


Host an International Professional

This is an unbeatable way to learn more about the world and make lasting friendships… an experience you can’t get any other way!


Dinner Expectations

Host Responsibilities:

  • Provide dinner
  • Invite friends and family
  • Enjoy!

World Affairs Council Provides:

  • Transportation for visitors to/from your home!
  • Information about each visitor

Homestay Expectations

Host Responsibilities:

  • Provide a private sleeping area
  • Include your guest(s) in breakfast and dinner
  • Share your city with them!

World Affairs Council Provides:

  • Professional and cultural programming
  • All necessary transportation to and from meetings
  • All in-home orientation for hosts
  • Complimentary six-month membership to Host Families

How to Apply

Host Family Volunteer Forms:

Questions and forms should be submitted to Laura Duncan, Visitor Program Manager, at [email protected].

I have been hosting international guests through World Affairs Council for several years. Each experience has been special. The guests (teachers, students, musicians, health care professionals, etc.) are incredibly appreciative for the opportunity to live with and learn from an American family. I enjoy the opportunity to share a bit about our American culture and lifestyle; and, dispel a few stereotypes – we don’t all look like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie; we don’t all live in a mansion with a swimming pool! The guests visit to the US can be life changing and I am grateful to be a part of it.


As a three time host parent of students in this program I highly recommend this experience. Getting to know these children and follow them in their endeavors to better their communities back home is so rewarding. Our family has maintained contact with all of our children. They never cease to amaze. I am proud to be a part of fostering these relationships. I feel it is an important step for this and future generations.


Hosting an “American” dinner for professionals from a variety of countries this winter was so enjoyable!  We made an effort to provide Hallal chicken, which was appreciated by this mostly Muslim group. The conversation was fascinating and varied among these young adults who are energetically pursuing  career opportunities in their home countries. Communication with people we may think “foreign” is key to forging bonds of trust and concern for others around this world.

Pat & Marty

As a first time host family with 3 younger children, while excited, I had logistic concerns. Working closely with Laura, all of my worries where [alleviated]. The program was well organized, every last detail accounted for. Our student, is a member of our family. I highly recommend the host program, and have already requested to be a host family this year. The most difficult part was saying goodbye to a member of our family.