Want to host an Exchange Student?

A host family for a Rotary exchange student, you assume parental responsibility for this young ambassador from another country, to provide shelter and sustenance, guidance and counsel, and love and support to the child of strangers who may live thousands of miles from you. They have their own insurance and pocket money - you will offer room and board. We do not pay any stipend to host families.

Rotary Clubs are always looking for potential host families. If you'd like to enrich your family's experience by bringing in a Rotary exchange student, contact your local Rotary Club, or complete our  inquiry form. And thanks so much for your interest!

What are the responsibilities of a host family?
 
To accept the exchange student as a new member of your family. The student will be governed not only by the rules of the program but by the rules of your household. You are responsible for the safety of the exchange student the same as for your own children. Although you might become a bit more of the soccer mom or dad for normal everyday activities, it is not your responsibility to act as a taxi service or a tour guide. Rotarians for the hosting club will be helping in these areas.

Host Family Forms

Host Family Application 

Host Family Handbook

In accordance with regulations of the US Department of State, all host families are required to complete this web form and submit it prior to hosting an exchange student. The form will require that you provide contact information for two personal references; please note that these references may not be relatives or volunteers with RYE-Florida. It will also require you to upload 5 photos of your home - one each of the exterior, the living room or family room, the kitchen, and the bedroom and bathroom that the student will use.
 If you begin the form but do not have all of the necessary information, or for some other reason need to finish at a later time, there is an option on each page to do so. We appreciate your cooperation and your willingness to host an exchange student for RYE-Florida.

Host family process 

to be in compliance with the US Department of State and Rotary International:

  1. Host family application.
  2. Home visit/interview by Rotary volunteer. Report visit form.
  3. All household members over the age of 18 will be required to    
    1. Fill out (and pass) a background check 
    2. Take online NAYEN Youth Protection Awareness training (and pass)
    3. Take online NAYEN US Host Family Orientation training (and pass)

      Please note that each family member over the age of 18 needs to take the training and test with his/her UNIQUE email address. A link will be sent to you to background check and the training.