Apply by Aug. 15 to host exchange student for 2014-15 school year

July 25, 2014

Visiting students ages 15 to 18 from around the world, including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand, are seeking host families in and around Lewes for the upcoming 2014-15 academic school year.

Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year. 

Host families - traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc. - serve as mentors and a home base for their students. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions just like any other family member.

“Every year, Delaware plays host to many talented, top-of-their-class students with the lifelong dream of studying in America,” said Emily Rolin, iE-USA’s area director. “Delaware’s spirit of hospitality and focus on academic enrichment makes it an ideal environment to develop cultural exchange and promote international diplomacy on a local level.”

The sponsoring program, iE-USA, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange. It is certified by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel and strictly adheres to all U.S. Department of State Student Exchange Program regulations and guidelines.

 Exchange student participants undergo an extensive application and orientation process in their home country prior to being accepted into iE-USA’s program. Each student is responsible for his/her own spending money and full health insurance coverage.

To learn more about how to make the dream come true for an international high school exchange student, contact Delaware representative Joe Bissell at, or 517-388-8948. Host families may review prospective student profiles online at Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Friday, Aug. 15.