Become a host family
Host an exchange student for a year. Make a second family in another country for life.
Students from all over the world
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The hosting experience
Our Irish host families come in all shapes and sizes but they all share one thing in common: they open their homes and share their lives with exchange students from around the world.
EF – The leader in cultural exchange
For more than 20 years, we have connected over 10,000 international high school students with Irish host families — more than any other programme of our kind. We are the leaders in cultural exchange for a reason.
How do we support you?
Your local representative
Your Regional Manager is your main contact throughout your year. They provide local level and national support to you and your student as well as your student's school, and serve as a link to the student's EF office in their home country. Regional Managers will visit your home before your student arrives and will be in contact with you throughout the year.
Our main EF office
Our office staff are based in Dublin. They are a team of very experienced and passionate individuals with expertise in compliance, operations and student success, and their main purpose is to provide a seamless exchange experience for you and your student. Our office staff work alongside your Regional Manager, and you can rely on them 24/7, 365 days a year.
Find your student now
Are you ready to experience a new culture at home? Talk with us and start your hosting journey now.
Tell us about yourself
Speak to an EF exchange advisor
Choose your exchange student
Information about you
7 questions every host family has
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What if it doesn't work out?
EF High School Exchange Year has been promoting global awareness through student exchange for over 40 years. Our organisation has connected more than 100,000 international students with caring host families across the US, UK and Ireland. Our global presence extends to 50+ countries, 600+ offices and schools and 52,000 staff. We are united in the shared belief that high school exchange makes the world a better place.