Caring host families needed for high school exchange students
May 29, 2014 | 1257 views | 1 1 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Marie-Claude Dijoud, program director for non profit Educational Merit Foundation for Student Exchange, is currently accepting applications for host families for 2014/15 school year. Host families open their homes to a 15- to 18-year-old from  Germany, Belgium and Spain. Students come for one or two semesters, and attend a local high school. Through the exchange experience, both student and family get the chance to learn about a new culture and promote global understanding, right here in our community.

 “Host families represent the diversity of America, and come from different backgrounds and family situations,” explained Dijoud. “Among those who enjoy hosting are parents looking to give their own kids a glimpse of the world. There are also many successful host families who have no children, or who have adult children, and are looking for new ways to connect to their communities.  Single parents  with or without children  as well as single sex families are welcome to apply. Being part of exchange is a great way to give back and maybe check off that New Year’s resolution to learn more about the world in 2014.”

Host family applicants undergo a screening process to ensure that they are well suited for an exchange experience. To host, one adult in the household must be at least 25 years old.

Committed to promoting international understanding and global awareness since 1991, EMF is designated by the United States Department of State as an Exchange Program Sponsor, the only one in Texas. Learn more about high school exchange at or contact and/or  800-467-8363.   
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CSFES Volunteer
May 30, 2014
The only one in Texas? There are many student placement agencies in Texas. Sadly, many of them accept more students than there are host families available. Do your homework prior to hosting an exchange student; it's more than just setting another dinner plate at the table. Parents, take your time in selecting the student exchange company.