International Fellowship Inc., one of the oldest student exchange programs in the nation, is seeking families to host foreign exchange students. These high school age students are planning to arrive in August for the academic school year or semester. Families are invited to share their lives, homes and communities with a student. Single families and retired couples as well as two parent families are welcome to host.
International Fellowship, founded in 1952 and headquartered in Western New York State, has linked more than 25,000 exchange students with host families. A host family is asked to provide room and board and a supportive environment while the student attends the local high school The host family plays an active role in presenting American culture and making lasting memories that the student will take back to their family, community and country.
All students have their own spending money, transportation and health insurance and an eagerness to explore this new adventure. The student is monitored throughout their stay in the United States by International Fellowship local representatives. The representative also keeps close contact with the host family and local high school. The representative is the liaison with the schools, students, host families and IF staff. Someone from the IF office is available to host families and students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through an 800 number.
“Through knowledge and friendship come understanding and goodwill” is the philosophy of International Fellowship. Exchange students add an international dimension to host families, schools and communities. All grow in knowledge, understanding and acceptance of cultures very different from their own. Lifelong international friendships often result from being a part of the exchange student experience. These students help to support local economies and, in a most hopeful way, help to encourage world peace and understanding.