Considering Hosting


What hosts are saying:

"Amicus opened our door to the world. Our family will never be the same."  — Sue and Bobby Patton, 
Laytonsville, MD

"Like all effective ministries, this is one-to-one. And when you are doing things one-to-one, you can go deep. And one thing is for sure, when you go deep with people you don't lose them."  — Mary Hoberts, Harland, WI

"When I talk to people about what it is like to host a foreign exchange student, I can sense that for most, it feels like a stretch. I won't deny that it is. But it is the best kind of stretch that opens us up to more. We understand more about God's love for the whole world. And we understand more about what it means to love someone so much that we would share our very lives with them, just like Jesus did for us ... So, when people ask if we will host an Amicus student again, we say 'yes' without hesitation. After all, what more could we want except more of Christ?"  — Amanda and Loren Kolman, Canyon City, CO

Want more? Read Dan's Story, Life with Joe >>here​

Great hosts are ...

  • Flexible and have a heart for teenagers!
  • ​Enjoy extending hospitality to others.
  • Embrace life at each stage - young children, teens or college age. Empty nesters make great hoss  too.
  • Are at least 25 years of age.
  • Are willing to provide students with a safe, supportive, culturally sensitive, caring home.
  • Have sufficient space to provide the student with their own bed and a place to study.
  • Can commit to an academic year.
  • Speak English as the primary language in the home.
  • Have time to invest in the life of the student.
  • Are able to provide room and board and transportation for the student.
  • Encourage the exchange of ideas and provide the student with exposure to the cultural and social environment of the home and neighborhood.​

Important Points for a Potential Host Discussion

  • Interest (of all family members) in learning about another person, their country and culture.
  • Adaptability to new people, values and behaviors. 
  • Getting used to another person in the home; allowing someone in the home, to be “seen,” warts and all.
  • Space in the home for the student to study and sleep.
  • Ability to provide transportation for the student.
  • Financial expense of adding another person to the household.
  • Understanding and love of teenagers!
  • Availability to devout time and energy needed in light of personal family or extended family matters.
  • Willingness to learn and help the student while he/she learns and adapts.
  • ​​Able to host a student whose religious beliefs are different than the family’s.​​


Young Life Amicus | 420 N Cascade Ave Colorado Springs, CO 80903-3325

Phone: (719) 381-1823

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