“Being an Amicus host changed our family and life forever … we not only gained a daughter but both our families are connected to this day … and our lives are so much richer.”

— Pam Moore, Amicus Host and Young Life Director of Training

Host an International Student

Amicus connects students and families across cultures offering a school-year experience of learning, community and the adventurous life through Young Life.

Amicus is so much more than a 10-month exchange opportunity for international students to live with an American family. It's kindness personified; it's the authentic invitational life; it's daily lessons in empathy, cultural learning and understanding; it's an incubator for developing leaders; it's students stepping out in courage and adventures. Amicus connects the world one family and one student at a time! You'll get a glimpse into the world through the eyes of an international student who comes eager to embrace your family, your culture and a year of new experiences!

"If you have more than you need, build a bigger table."

Amicus host families can have young children, teenagers or no children at all. Host families can be single folks or married with kids! Big hearts and a welcoming spirit are a must!

Our "Considering Hosting?" document​ has some good questions that will help you in determining if hosting is a good fit for you.

Read here​ about one high school student's experience being a host sister.

Application Process

First, connect with an Amicus division coordinator​ in your geographic region. They can let you know which students are available for hosting.

Timeline expectations: January through May is the typical Amicus placement season. Students arrive a few days prior to the beginning of your local school year and finalize their experience at the end of June by attending Young Life camp on the East Coast and spending a few days in Washington, D.C., while 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 may then resume where you left off at a later time.​​
  • ​​Live Interview​ — We will conduct a live interview with everyone living in your home. We need to do a walk-through of your home and take a few pictures to make sure the home is safe and there is a space for the student to stay and do homework. Typically these happen at the same time.
  • Local School Exchange Student Availability​ — Each school district in the U.S. has different allotments and requirements for student exchange. 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 U.S. 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 and Student Personality Assessments​ — Five Love Languages and Enneagram. This is new to our process as of 2019-20. 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!

Host Family Learning Resources

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