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Living with a Host Family

There is no typical SYA host family; they range from retired adults to families with many children. What they all have in common is the motivation to embrace an American teenager fully into their lives. Many of the SYA host families have been hosting for several years - some over two generations! 




An Amazing Bond

"My host family and I have built an amazing bond, and at times they genuinely are and feel like my family. Sometimes, the highlight of my day is when I can come home and catch up with my host mom about our day."

- Karen A. IT'16
The Hotchkiss School, CT


This is Not a Hotel

In her first blog, Janae-Rose F. writes about adjusting to living with a new family.

Worlds Collide

Defne E. writes about showing her family around Rennes and introducing them to her host family.

A Foreigner in France

Campus Reporter, Layla C., writes about sharing aspects of her culture with her French host family.

Unicorn Slime

Lili writes about her close relationship with her Spanish host sister Carmen.