ISE (International Student Exchange) is looking for warm, loving families who enjoy the idea of sharing their lives with a young person from another region of the world. Our students come from over 55 countries and would be coming to the US just before school begins this fall. They stay for the school year and just a few are able to come for one semester only.
Why be a host family? Here are some things our former host families are saying. It gives their sons/daughters a very unique and advantageous experience. It can help widen understanding about the customs, traditions, languages and cultures of another country. It helps to teach your family to share love and kindness with others while enriching and enlarging your own family and community. It helps to make “friends for life” in another country.
Some of our students are "homebodies" who enjoy cooking, board games and computers. Some excel in academics, athletics, music or drama, but all come hoping to become more fluent in the English language. All of our student applications range in age from 15-18 years of age and are required to attend school while they live with you.
You and your family will ultimately select the teenage girl or boy with whom you will want to share your hearts and home. You would receive assistance with the selection of a student who has specific interests and/or is from a specific country/region of the world, you might be interested in.
Traditional families (those families with children or young people still at home), single moms, retirees as well as empty nesters all make wonderful host families. It is not necessary to have children living at home for you to host a student. The students come with spending money for their personal items/warmer clothes for the winter months/school lunches etc and have full insurance. We ask that our host families provide love, care, support, sleeping quarters and meals for the student. Many of our students request to come to our beautiful region of the U.S. and enjoy the luxury of space that is unique to Montana/Wyoming and the Dakotas.
Each ISE student is personally interviewed, screened and evaluated. Every student application provides a biography and letter of application from the natural parents, photographs, letters of reference, original transcripts of grades, medical records and a signed letter of agreement to abide by the ISE program guidelines and standards of behavior. Every student is also given an Orientation prior to departing his/her country, to inform and prepare them for their stay in the U.S.
ISE was founded in 1982 as a non-profit organization and has been designated by the Department of State to issue the DS 2019 form enabling a student to enter the U.S. on a J-1 visa. On the basis of materials annually submitted and reviewed, the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) has granted a listing to ISE for every year of operation since its inception.
If you would like to receive more information and/or have any questions about our program, please feel free to email or call:
Carol Toews, Regional Manager, 800.279.3452 or 406-232-8913, Miles City, MT;
Published July 25, 2012