Have you ever wondered how different teenagers from other countries are compared to your teenager? Do they listen to the same type of music? Dress the same? Do they text as much as your teen does?
Do you have an empty nest, but miss the joy and laughter of having a teenager around? The chaos? The hugs? Have you ever considered hosting a foreign exchange student?
"EF Foundation for Foreign Study connects talented, enthusiastic high school students from around the world with caring families across the country. Together, we build bonds of friendship and trust that have the power to change the world."
- Create a volunteer family - Everyone benefits from being a host family. You and your family gains exposure to another country; the culture, the food they eat, music, and traditions. And the exchange student gets to experience all of America. They will learn from you and your family.
- Share your American pride - Living with your family will help an exchange student learn about the U.S.; our government, music, and our traditions.
- Learn about the world - Hosting an exchange student allows you and your family to learn a new language and get insight into their world.
- Earn scholarships for study abroad - In exchange for hosting, your teenager becomes eligible for EF Foundation Outbound scholarships. Your teen can travel to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, France or Germany. This scholarship will gives your teen a chance to live with a host family, become fluent in another language, and learn about a different country and culture.
- Receive discounts on educational travel - Your teen can also save money on any trip they take with EF Educational Tours, the leading educational travel company in America. With EF's accedited, all inclusive tours, our teen's textbooks come to life. They broaden their horizons, grow as a person, and enhance their prospects for college and beyond.
- Save money at tax time - Families who host an EF Foundation exchange student are eligible to receive a charitable tax deduction when itemizing deductions on their tax return.
- Change the world - When you host an EF Foundation exchange student, you gain the power to change the world, one student at a time.
As a volunteer host family, you will welcome an exchange student into your home for an academic year or semester. As a host family, you are expected to:
- Provide a room, meals, and a stable family environment. Students must have their own bed, and cannot share a room with a child under twelve. They should also have a quiet place to study.
- Have one parent in the family who is at least 25 years of age.
- Undergo a thorough application process, including an in-home interview, background check, and submission of personal references. This is standard procedure for all volunteers participating in youth-oriented programs.
- Most importantly, host parents take on the role of second parents for their exchange student.
Becoming an EF Foundation host family is easy:
Step 1: Apply. Go to http://www.effoundation.org/master/what/difference.asp
Step 2: Select a student from 30 countries
Step 3: Prepare for the big arrival
Are you ready to change the world?