Host an International Exchange Student

The qualification necessary to become a volunteer host family is easy – if you are willing to open your doors to a new family member, you are ready!


The benefits of having our own Japanese sensei… My daughter was given the Japanese Award for her efforts in Japanese class at school… Ayumi was proud of her!”

Tiffany.  Volunteer Host Mother.  2018.
(Pictured on left)

Welcoming an exchange student into your home offers your family the chance to experience a new culture, a new cuisine, sometimes a new language, all while sharing your own culture and building a very special relationship.  YOU choose the duration of their stay in your home (3, 5 or 10 months) and you also choose your preferred gender.

SCCE works hard to match you with a student who will compliment your family’s preferred hobbies and interests.   Our students may be interested in sport, music, art, drama and more.  Some just want to experience a new country while being a “big sister” or “big brother” to younger siblings!    Students visit from all over the world:  France, Germany, Italy, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Japan, Canada, the USA and more.  

Once you register your interest, our Host Family Placement Manager will be in touch with a variety of incoming student profiles.

Will you be supported?

Throughout your journey of hosting, SCCE has plenty of staff working continually to assist you through the program.  Our National office is always ready to take your call on our 24-hour line, and your area will also have a Local Coordinator close by.  You can request to join our private Host Family Facebook page, where we share our ‘Host Family Tips’, and where other participants and potential participants ask questions, share their experiences, arrange to meet with their students and support one another.

Can I choose a certain student?

At SCCE we have numerous International Student Profiles for you to look through.  Please fill in our Host Family Enquiry form HERE in Australia or HERE in New Zealand and we will be in touch to discuss your options further.

What makes a great host family?

Are you interested in international cultures and gaining a new family member?

Are you excited to share your own culture and the beauty of Australia?

Do you value togetherness, friendship, sharing and understanding?

Regardless if you are from the city or country, with kids or no kids, young family or empty-nester, whatever your stage in life, anyone can apply to become a volunteer host family.  There are many excellent students to consider hosting from Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden the USA and more!  For more information about becoming a volunteer host family, please complete our enquiry form below or just contact us on +61 3 9775 4711.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.



Are you a past, current or future exchange student?
Do you want to experience your world right here at home?
Why not host an international exchange student like yourself?

At SCCE we recognise and support expanding the range and scope of your exchange experience, not just for yourself but also your family.  Whether you’re a returnee from your own SCCE exchange program, are currently on an outbound program, or you are about to go on outbound program yourself, we are inviting you to experience exchanging cultures ‘full circle’.

You can choose the length of hosting duration you and your family would prefer and enjoy a special Priority Rebate to be taken off your own outbound program fee at the end of the program of the student you host.

Imagine adding to the overseas opportunities you’ve already had, or will soon have, by increasing your foreign language skills, making friends, gaining cultural insights and having a lot of fun. This could be a chance to “give back” the hospitality you’ve received, or simply to add to your own understanding of what it would be like to go on exchange. Imagine, when your own family hosts they could also experience another culture whilst you are away overseas on program!

“Growing up my parents hosted 13 students.  When I got old enough I went on exchange (21 years ago!) and still have friends I made over there. I’ve been back four times and they’ve all come to visit!  Now, as an adult,we’ve hosted 6 students with SCCE and keep in touch with them all!  Both being and hosting exchange students has been a wonderful experience for me!”

How do I learn more?

You are welcome to contact our National Office on
scceaust@scce.com.au in Australia or
info@sccenz.com in New Zealand
to learn more about our hosting programs.  Although every family’s experience of becoming a volunteer host family is unique, the majority finish our program with a brand new family member from the other side of the world with whom they have an enduring lifelong relationship.