Non-profit organization seeking local families for hosting high school exchange students



ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with local community high schools, is looking for local families to host boys and girls ages 15–18 for the next academic year. Students from all over the world—places like Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Ukraine, to name a few—are excited to study in the USA.

Loving and caring host families are the cornerstone of the program and vital to its mission of bridging the gap between people, cultures, and nations. During this time of social distancing, ASSE wants to celebrate opportunities to bring humanity back together. By generously opening homes to a young person from overseas, host families help continue the global commitment to increasing international peace, understanding, and unity.

Preparations are well underway for the upcoming program year and the arrival of new future leaders this autumn. ASSE students come with an enthusiasm to practice their English and experience American culture—food, sports, shopping, and more. They also love to share their own culture with their host families— who welcome them not as guests, but as family members— giving both the students and families a rich cultural experience.

In addition, ASSE students have pocket money for personal expenses, along with health, accident, and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected for participation based on academics and good citizenship. Host families can choose students from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries, and personal interests. ASSE’s top concern is the health of host families, host communities, and exchange students. Even as the U.S. and many other countries continue to live under temporary stay-at-home orders, ASSE would like to reassure host families that these students will not travel unless it is considered safe to do so by the U.S. and foreign governmental agencies entrusted with public health and safety.

To become a host family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Southern Regional Office, 1-800- 473-0696 or go to to begin a host family application.

ASSE International (formerly American Scandinavian Student Exchange) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, public benefit organization. ASSE is officially designated as an exchange visitor program by the United States Department of State and was founded by the Swedish National Department of Education.

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