Host Family.

Host families play a critical role in making the world a kinder and smaller place. By hosting an international student, host families promote a positive image of America, expand their family's worldview and cultivate international friendships. Volunteer host families are anything but ordinary. They come from all over the United States and represent the depth and diversity of American culture.

What are the benefits of hosting?

International students have a profound impact on their host families, enriching their day-to-day life by exposing their family to new cultures, languages, and perspectives.

Host families impact international students by encouraging international goodwill, understanding, and closing the barriers between different worlds at home, in local schools and the larger San Diego community. 


Some of the rewards of becoming a host family are:

  • Ongoing support and guidance from IEM staff throughout your hosting experience

  • Rich exposure to another culture in your own home

  • An opportunity for your family to learn and/or practice a new language

  • Inclusion in yearly ceremonies and activities

  • A deep, rewarding connection with your student that will grow with your family and last a lifetime

  • A reliable monthly compensation for at least an academic year, as long as you host a student