Host families sought by PAX

PAX, the Program of Academic Exchange, is looking for two families to volunteer to host international exchange students in high school for the upcoming school year.

Families can host for a semester or a year and bring a new culture into their home and community. Only 30% of host families have a high-school-age child in their home. But one thing they do have in common is an open mind, loving heart and an enthusiasm to learn about a new culture.

There are kids from over 70 countries hoping to study in the United States next year. Could you see yourself hosting a child who enjoys cooking, like Barbara Marie from Spain or Alicia from France? Or could you teach a student a new sport? Lucie from Belgium would like to learn to play softball and Naveen from Pakistan hopes to learn to ice skate.

Sharing your world is simpler than you imagine. Could you provide a student with any of these amazing opportunities: first taste of maple syrup, the chance to learn to ride a bicycle, all of the fun activities that go along with their first snowfall, their first pet experience, or the knowledge to create a better local community through volunteering?

Students want to experience our homes and our communities. They take this knowledge home and help others see the world outside their borders as generous and supportive.

Students come with their own spending money, health insurance and access to quarterly group trips. We ask families to provide access to three meals a day, a bed to sleep in and a place to study.

Founded in 1990, PAX is a not-for-profit educational organization and one of a select few U.S. Department of State-designated exchange visitor programs chosen to participate in its prestigious U.S. government-sponsored FLEX and YES programs.

If you would like more information on hosting, please contact Kimberly Eckhardt at K[email protected] or 802-824-3792.