International Culture Exchange Services (ICES) is a non-profit organization seeking families who are interested in hosting international high school students, ages 15-18, from Europe, Asia, and Latin America for the 2013-14 school year.
Students bring their own spending money and have full insurance coverage.
Hosting an exchange student is a rewarding way to experience another culture without ever leaving home. In addition, ICES host families are eligible for a tax deduction.
ICES always has relied on volunteer families who open their hearts and home to an exchange student by bringing them into their family and guiding them through this once-in-a-lifetime experience in the United States. Host families come in all shapes and sizes and represent the diversity of American culture.
Families are of varied economic, religious and racial backgrounds. They include working parents, couples with or without children, single parents, and empty nesters.
In addition to treating the student like a family member, the host family also provides a separate bed, a quiet place to study, daily meals with the family, some local transportation, open communication, encouragement and sound advice to the student.
Each exchange student is responsible, caring, and already attends school regularly. The student shows consistent effort to share his/her culture and customs with the host family and the community. They also participate fully in family and school life with open communication and program commitment. Students arrive with their own spending money and full medical and accidental insurance.