Without the support of its host families, NISE would only be half a program! While the students live as a part of an American family, both students and families receive the benefit of an enriching cultural experience and make new lifelong friends. NISE’s host families have a broad range of backgrounds, interests and experiences, providing students with a real flavor for the diversity that America is proud of.
Families provide room and board and an American family experience. The host family is responsible for either transporting the student to and from the program center or organizing carpools with other host parents. Families are encouraged to participate in many of the program excursions and activities. The home-stay experience is meant to improve American understanding of the other country’s values and attitudes, and to expose the visiting student both to American English and American culture.
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