Interested families can participate by volunteering to host an ASPECT Foundation international high school student for a semester or academic year.

ASPECT Foundation students have a wide variety of interests and backgrounds but all share the same dream – to experience life with a real American family. These students, who would arrive in August, are aged 15 to 18 and hail from nearly 30 different countries. They are chosen on the basis of maturity, grades, and language ability.

Host families can be married or single, with or without children. Host families are responsible for providing room, board and a loving home environment for the student. In return, host families and exchange students learn about another culture firsthand, and gain a second family for life!

The ASPECT Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1985 and is dedicated to excellence in youth exchange.

For more information about the ASPECT Foundation and how your family can have the cultural adventure of a lifetime, contact Melissa De Soto at 805-455-8185, the ASPECT Foundation national office at 1- 800-US-YOUTH, or visit


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