Opening Your Heart and Home

Host Families

Without the willingness and sincerity of families who have opened their hearts and homes to students they have never met, the Rotary Youth Exchange Program would not exist. 

In the landscape of today, adults and children alike must learn about others and reaffirm their faith that people from all over the world are good. What better way to do that than becoming a host family?

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Becoming a Host family

A variety of family structures are perfect for being host families—small, big, with many children, or no children. We aim to reflect real-world families to students, and we know that real families come in all shapes and sizes.

The exchange process is truly rewarding

Similarities of cultures should be celebrated and differences should be embraced because there is so much to learn from one another. Each side can act as teachers, leaders, and ambassadors of their cultural background by answering questions, teaching each other, and opening minds to new thoughts and experiences. No matter our age, we are all students of culture and life, which is why becoming a host family is so rewarding.

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Everyone is welcome

Host family resources

At North Star Youth Exchange, we believe that cultural exchange enriches lives and fosters understanding between communities. Whether you’re a family, a couple, or an individual, your warmth and hospitality can make a world of difference in shaping the future of these young minds. Join our diverse community of host families and be part of a global movement to promote peace and friendship. Embrace the opportunity to forge lasting connections that span across continents – everyone is welcome! Together, let’s create a world where cultural exchange thrives, and lifelong bonds are formed.

Host Parent Handbook

The information you will need to be a successful host family
(Updated May 2023)

Inbound Calendar

Key dates for host families participating in the 2023-2024 Inbound program.

First Night Questionnaire

Create your own list of interactive first night questions for your exchange student.

Open Your Hearts and Home

Become a Host Family Today!