So many questions arise when a family considers hosting a foreign exchange student. What does it mean to be a host family? How much does it cost to be a host family? Do host families get paid? What about insurance? Can host families give and receive gifts? You can find a lot of those answers on our PAX FAQ page. And if you want to know how to become a host family, you can find out how on our PAX Families page.

But there is a lot more to being a host family than the practical details. You’ll find those answers here, in stories written by students and their host families. You’ll learn how hosting affects families, the joy a foreign exchange student can bring to a household, and the excitement of learning about a new culture while sharing your own.