Become a Host Family - IFYE

IFYE- Host an young adult (19 yrs. or older) from another country:

Being a host family to an IFYE from another country is an experience that will last all your life! Each year, the IFYE Program brings young people from around the globe to experience life in the United States. As members of American families, they experience the American way of life and share their own culture in countless ways. It is truly an unforgettable experience.

It is an experience that will change your life and open a brand new world to a young person from overseas. You and your family can join in this unique adventure by becoming a host family. All it takes is a warm heart, an open house, and a zest for international family living experiences.

Host families are as diverse as America itself; they come from all nationalities and religious backgrounds. Some families have children, others do not; some are affluent, others come from modest (average) circumstances. They may be rural, suburban, or city dwellers - but they all have an interest in learning more about the world and about themselves.

Iowa is CURRENTLY seeking host families! Click HERE to learn more and apply.


States’ 4-H Exchange- Host a youth (12-18 yrs. old) from another country:

Our Summer Inbound programs bring youth to the US each summer to stay with a host family for 4 weeks. Based on a complete cultural immersion model, youth are matched with a volunteer American family who wants to share their life with an international visitor.

Visiting youth travel in groups and are accompanied by an adult chaperone who stays in the same state for the duration of the program. Host families will have the opportunity to participate in welcome orientations and departure events that are organized by the 4-H Extension office in each state.

COMING SOON! Iowa will be seeking host families for 12 Japanese youth for Summer 2022! Click HERE to learn more and apply.

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