9 Reasons to Host an Exchange Student from Asia

Selecting your new exchange student is an enjoyable and exhilarating process! As you explore the options, take a moment to contemplate the abundant advantages of hosting a student from Asia.

Delve into the colorful traditions of Thailand, the enduring wisdom of China, or the sophisticated grace of Japan. You might also consider welcoming a student who brings the vibrant innovation of South Korea or the unwavering resilience of Vietnam.

We celebrate the uniqueness of every individual and recognize that not every Asian student will align precisely with the following list.  But culturally speaking, the following nine traits are common and typical of Asian culture, and are often observed among our Asian students, highlighting their remarkable characteristics.


1.  Respect for Elders

Most Asian cultures emphasize respect for elders and authority figures, which can contribute to a harmonious and respectful dynamic within the host family.




2.  Appreciation for Education

Asian societies often highly value education, and hosting an exchange student from Asia may mean hosting someone who is dedicated to their studies and eager to learn.  Your Asian student will very likely study and do homework without reminders from you.

girl studying at laptop



3.  Strong Role Model

The emphasis on honoring parents and striving for academic success in Asian cultures makes an Asian exchange student a valuable role model for your children.




4.  Cuisine

Asian cuisine is diverse, flavorful, and often considered delicious by people around the world. Hosting an exchange student from Asia can provide an opportunity to explore and enjoy a wide variety of authentic Asian dishes.




5.  Art and Culture

Asian countries have rich artistic and cultural traditions, including music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Hosting a student from Asia can offer insights into these traditions and may even lead to opportunities to participate in cultural activities together.

Japanese girl dancing



6.  Work Ethic

Many Asian cultures emphasize hard work, perseverance, and discipline, which can be admirable qualities in an exchange student and may contribute positively to the household environment.




7.  Technology and Innovation

Asia is home to some of the world's leading technology and innovation hubs. Hosting a student from Asia may offer opportunities to learn about cutting-edge advancements and trends in fields such as technology, engineering, and science.



8.  Tea and Tea Culture

Tea holds significant cultural importance in many Asian countries, with elaborate tea ceremonies and rituals. Hosting a student from Asia may involve sharing in the appreciation of tea and its cultural significance.

Chinese tea being poured



9.  Friendship and Camaraderie

Asian cultures often place value on building strong friendships and fostering close relationships. Hosting an exchange student from Asia may lead to the development of lasting friendships and memorable experiences for both the host family and the student.



Embrace the opportunity to enrich your family's life by hosting an exchange student from Asia. With their diverse cultural perspectives, unique traditions, and admirable qualities, Asian exchange students offer a gateway to global understanding and lifelong connections.

By opening your home to an exchange student from Asia, you not only provide them with a valuable experience but also create cherished memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. Take the leap and embark on this rewarding journey of cultural exchange and mutual learning today!


Add Some Culture to Your Life!

Now is the perfect time to select your exchange student for the fall.  As soon as the placement is finalized, you'll be able to start communicating with your student.  By the time they step off the plane and into your arms, they'll already feel like a family member.

Contact us to learn more about hosting or to start an application.

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