Individual Homestay Program

A homestay experience provides the international visitor the opportunity to live and be exposed to American culture on a daily basis, rather than viewing it as an ordinary tourist. Through this experience, American hosts find it possible to know their guest’s national identity firsthand. Together they create an international community in America’s home towns. The results are global educational exchange and long term international friendships which aid in the important task of building understanding on a personal and global level.

International Students

WISE® Homestay Services are open to both the academic international student and the ESL student and professionals. Students working on their academic degrees or scholars find arriving to the nurturing environment of an American Homestay allows an easy and affordable transition to the culture and community. These participants enjoy living with a family for commitments as short as one month to as long as one year or more.

Wise® Host Families

Our host families are our most valuable assets. Without them, our participants and students would be unable to learn about the American cultural first hand and experience “Life – American Style.” Host families are open-minded, flexible, enjoy learning about other cultures, and appreciate the unique opportunity hosting offers their family. They provide for the participants furnished room and board and maintain contact with WISE® local staff for ongoing support and program content. The families look forward to opening their hearts and home to our international friends, providing a safe and nurturing cultural and language emersion programs as well as a cooperative administrative relationship with the WISE Foundation.

Program Availability and Duration

Enrollment in the WISE® College & University, High School, and English as Second Language Programs for Homestay are open throughout the year and are based within the academic term dates.

Enrollment in the WISE® High School Program is open throughout the year. There are no pre-set intakes or start dates.

WISE® educational and immersion “Custom Group” programs are usually 1 – 6 weeks for group homestays and personally designed as requested. School affiliation/attendance is not required. Professionals and Tour Groups welcome.

Participant Eligibility

WISE® has outlined minimum eligibility requirements for applicants for the Homestay Program.

This program is ideal for participants and students as young as 13 years of age through the adult senior years.

Individual “Regular Enrollment” program homestays are open for one month to full academic year + durations. The ESL students will attend weekly English classes with campus offered recreational activities and tours. The academic College/University curriculum students and professional participants will have various personal and business-type meetings.

Homestay Locations

WISE® is a rapidly growing organization offering participants a choice of various homestay locations.

These include:

Irvine | Orange County | Los Angeles | Riverside | Davis | San Francisco and Fresno in California

Seattle | Tacoma and Bellingham in Washington



Boston in Massachusetts

Memphis | Nashville in Tennessee

Orlando in Florida


New Hampshire

Mississippi and Arizona

For more information, contact WISE®


WISE Foundation
P.O. Box 1332
Dyersburg TN-38025, USA


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