Change Your World by Hosting an Exchange Student


Nonprofit group seeks volunteer host families for foreign exchange students

Camas, WA —Greenheart Exchange, the nonprofit student exchange organization, seeks volunteer host families to host exchange students for the 2024-25 school year.  Each year, Greenheart provides over 900 exchange students from more than 60 countries the opportunity to study in local public high schools for a five-month semester or a ten-month academic high school year.

“Host families make all of the difference,” said Marcelle Benedicta, Vice President of Greenheart International. “They influence a young adult’s life–changing world views and making dreams come true. When a host family is so willing to give, they have as many rewarding and enriching experiences as the student.”

Volunteer host families come from varied economic, religious, and racial backgrounds and include working parents, empty nesters, single parents, and single people. Host families are to provide:

  • Open communication, encouragement, patience, and sound advice
  • A separate bed, which can be in a shared room with a host sibling of similar age and same gender and a quiet place to study
  • Three daily meals
  • Local transportation (students are not permitted to drive while on the program
  • A welcoming home that includes the student as a member of your family!

Students have their own accident and health insurance and bring their own spending money. Students are encouraged to participate in school-sponsored activities, community service, and environmental programs. Greenheart Exchange provides regular communication and support to both host families and students.

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Contact Kristine Robb

Email: [email protected] or call 773-909-5257

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