Open your home and hearts!

Open your heart, your mind, and your home to an International High School student for one school year. This has proven to be the best tool of diplomacy and bridge building between nations.

We are gearing up for our placement season for the 2014 - 2015 students who arrive in August and need as much help as we can get to get all these kids into homes.

After celebrating 63 years in international education as a non-profit organization, CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange remains highly committed to our mission: "To help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world."

Each student in our program is individually interviewed to ensure that they have the appropriate maturity level to be a successful participant in our program. We require a "C+" average to be accepted and we also require our students maintain this minimum grade average throughout their stay (allowing for a short adjustment period).

Students have taken an English proficiency test to prove their ability to be academically successful while attending an American high school. Tutoring will be provided for a struggling student.

CIEE strongly believes that by volunteering their time to community service, our students will become more involved in the American way of life. Therefore, we require that they participate in a "Community Service Project" (8 hours per semester) to ensure that they reciprocate the exchange and benefits to their host family, school, and their community.

Students are between 15-18 years old, have their own medical insurance, and spending money. There is no better time than NOW to learn more about our neighbors in the world!!

Why Host?

  • Introduce the heart of America
  • Unite our future leaders
  • Strengthen mutual understanding
  • Gain new insights and appreciation for different cultures
  • Affect attitudes over lifetimes

Please help us make a difference in the world! If unable to host a student and know someone who can, call to find out about our referral bonus.

For more information and to participate in this rewarding intercultural experience please contact Judith Thilges, Local Coordinator, CIEE, 412-400-6884


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