Apply to Be a Host Family

Below is an overview of the Host Family application process and what is needed to become an Amicus Host Family. Familiarize yourself with information on your website and determine if you qualify and if Amicus is the right program for you. Make sure to check out our FAQs


Connect with an Amicus Division Coordinator in your geographic region. They can let you know which students are available for hosting. You can learn about our team here

Timeline: January through May is the typical Amicus placement season. Students arrive a few days prior to the beginning of your local high school and finalize their experience at the end of June at a Young Life camp on the East Coast and spend a few days in Washington, D.C., preparing to go home. 

We love to hear from interested Host Families at any time throughout the year. 

Process includes: 
  • Host Family Application linked below. This will take approximately 30 minutes. 
    • ​Application Note: If you are unable to finish the application in one sitting, you may choose the SAVE option at the bottom of the application. You will provide an email address to have a link to the form you have started sent to.  You can then resume where you left off at a later time.​​
  • ​​Live interview. We will conduct a live interview with the entire family living in your home. We need to do a walk-through of your home to make sure the home is safe and there is a space for the student to stay and do homework. Typically these steps happen at the same time. 
  • Local School Exchange Student Availability - Each school disctrict in the US has different allotments and requrirements.  We will confirm with the school district how to proceed and comply with their protocol.
  • Reference Checks - Amicus staff will conduct two local non-family personal references.
  • Background check. Each person over the age of 18, living in your home, will have a background check.
  • Identify Local Mentor - Each student needs a mentor who will connect with their student monthly, be available as needed to offer support to both the student and family, and complete monthly report for the US State Deptartment. Mentors live within 120 miles of the student.  Amicus will train and support Mentors. Mentors can be any age or season of life!
  • Host Family & Student Personality Assessments (Five Love Languages and Enneagram.) This is new to our 2019-20 process. This will more than likely be done during the training and preparation process after Host Family Acceptance.)
  • Student Match! Amicus ​will be in touch with some students for you to consider inviting into your home and lives! 



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