Considering Hosting An International Exchange Student?
Hosting is a very rewarding and meaningful experience for ACES families. Another group of exchange students (ages 15-18) will be arriving in August to attend high school in the United States. Just as our students come from a variety of backgrounds, we enjoy working with host families of all shapes and sizes. ACES can help you find a student who will fit into your family as one of your own.
Read these heartwarming stories from our most recent host families as they reflect on their hosting experience after their student’s departure.
Words From Host Families
“I am SOoo beyond proud of him, I don’t even have words. I am so Thankful and Blessed to be a mom to him for this moment of his life. He is such a super fantastic kid with a huge heart. And can only have a bright future ahead of him. Like I have told him before, God took him from Mexico and placed him in my heart, we may never know the reasons things happen, but I’m sure glad God is Awesome, or I may not have met Diego.”
Host family from Ohio, Diego from Mexico
“The most enjoyable is being able to get to know the student as they become part of your family and the least is having to say goodbye. My husband Joey loves to cook outside on the grill or smoker even makes hot wings. Muk sure loved dad’s hot wings and grilled food. We asked her what she wanted for her last meal at home and she said hot wings and boy did she chow down on them. It was a great time yet a sad time because we had to say good-bye to a member of our family. Whom we have no idea if we will ever see each other again but we will always keep in touch!”
Host family from Kansas, Piyanud from Thailand
“Getting to know Sara and showing her the ways of American families was wonderful. She was such a gracious girl and very helpful around the house. She enjoyed cooking with me and learning how to make different dishes. She enjoyed teaching me about foods from her home land and it was fun to try such new things.”
Host family from Minnesota, Sara from Colombia
“……We are happy we made the decision to host a student. She became a big part of our family. She is in college now and came home to be with us on her Christmas break. She is and will always be special to us”.
Lisa, Bob and Emma
“It was with great sadness that I had to take Baagii to the airport yesterday. I never thought the day would come when I would feel like I was giving up my third child for adoption. It was a tough start for us, but finally turned into a real gift.”
“The most enjoyable part of our year was getting to know our student, as well as learning about her country and sharing ours with her.”