Hosting an exchange student?

I am 14 years old girl,(freshman in High school) and my family was interesting in hosting an exchange student for this Spring Semester or maybe the upcoming school year 2012-2013. We live in a nice,clean home( my mom is a neat freak so it's super clean haha), but it is only a 3 bedroom home, and there is my parents,my brother, and I. So we were wanting to host a girl close to my age, and have her share a room with me if possible. Do you think that would be a bad/good idea? Have you ever hosted a student? Could you tell us what it is like, and advice? thanks.

4 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    How wonderful that you are considering opening your home and hearts to someone new!

    My husband and I are currently hosting our 7th exchange student (4 for 10-11 mos each, 1 for 7mos until she moved on to 'greener pastures', 1 for 5mos (it didn't work out with her first host family), and our current German son has been with us for 3.5mos and it's going great!). I am also a volunteer with YFU USA and have talked to scores of other students and host families.

    It is possible for you to share your room with a student of the same sex. To be honest, I've heard of a variety of experiences of this situation - everything from the girls becoming extremely close to the girls wanting to rip each other's head off. I'd say most are somewhere in the middle of those extremes. The student will need her own bed (no rollaways or such - a regular bed) (can be bunk beds), someplace to store her personal items (toothbrush, books, clothes, etc) as well as a place to study.

    As far as what hosting a student is like, I could write a book on that! It has been the most challenging, fun, educational, growing, etc., experience of my life. I've learned so much about other cultures and myself. I can now say that I have 2 German sons, a Hungarian daughter, a Danish daughter, and a Finnish daughter.

    If you'd like to get more information, I've put several links below. If I may, I would like to recommend hosting with YFU. I have met the most incredible people through my involvement with YFU. This is YFU's 60th year of arranging exchanges and we've learned some things along the way. If you'd like to talk to a volunteer who lives near you, I can help you find that person. I would also like to recommend your parents taking part in one of the "Virtual Information Nights" (see link below).

    I hope you and your family decide that hosting is right for you.

    Source(s): For More Information: 1-866-4YFU-USA Videos: Hosting (1min) Hosting (16min) Hear the Voices, Answer the Call: YFU History (6min Video): Virtual Information Nights
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    That's awesome that you want to do that! It would be so interesting. You should look into Rotary International through your local Rotary Club. It's okay if you've never heard of them. I'm actually going to live with a host country in India this summer, and I'm really excited. Everything's through Rotary.

    So go to and click "students and youth." There's a link for the Youth Exchange. There's a HUGE pamphlet on hosting a student! Good luck:)

  • ?
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Yeah I think it would be a good idea. You will obviously need an extra bed in your room for her though. I have never hosted a foreign exchange student for a year but for like nearly 2 weeks, we had a girl stay with us because her host family was away or something and it was a lot of fun. She stayed in my room with my sister and they took turns sleeping on the floor since we hadn't had an extra bed since it was so short notice.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    It depends.

    A. the experience generally

    You might make a new friend. Foreign friends are some of the best friends you could ever make. Or, it could be a terribly smelly and uncomfortable experience.

    However, in any case:

    B. You will learn some great skills

    being able to live in the same room with a stranger for awhile is a great skill to have. In the future, you may want to travel yourself, so this will be a common thing. If you are comfortable when you are young, it may be better for you in the future.

    Also, learning to make friends with foreigners is a great thing. It will be helpful for your general social skills (ie. how to make friends) and your understanding of how the world works.

    Good luck! Enjoy!

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