From Cheryl Blair, ICES Local Coordinator:

Being a host family not only gives students a place to call home, it changes their view on Americans, their perspective on life; it gives them the gift of friendship and of “family”. As you change their lives, you change yours, cultural differences melt away and the rewards of hosting come with the realization that you made a difference, you changed lives!There are many different types of host families, including families with or without children, empty nesters and retirees. ICES students come from Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, China & many other countries. As a host family you gain first-hand knowledge of new countries from the perspective of an exchange student. You and your family become part of an incredible process that brings your community closer through cross-cultural sharing and friendship. This shared connection often results in lifetime friendships between our host families and their international student!

Students around the world contemplate and dream about an exchange experience, they wonder what things will look like once they are actually living with an American family and going to school. The impact an exchange experience has on these student’s is profound and meaningful.I have 3 students who are very excited to be welcome into your family. Ana Claire is 16 years old & is from Brazil, Igor is 16 years old & is from Spain, & Hugo is also 16 years old & is from Spain.

Meet Ana Clara she has one older brother. She also has a dog name Nupy and he is 12 years old. She loves swimming, dancing, animals, children, and snow. She is hoping to be able to play in the snow with her host family. She loves school and she would like to become a Lawyer when she is older. She loves meeting new people and making friends. She enjoys playing board and video games with her family. Her favorite food is lasagna and pasta with white sauce. She is very excited to meet her host family.

Meet Igor he has two older brothers. He actively participates in Judo, rugby, and soccer. He is currently a brown belt in Judo and hopes he can become a black belt before he comes to Virginia. He enjoys going to the movies or watching series such as Game of Thrones and Stranger Things. He speaks 4 languages. He enjoys going to school. He loves all animals but his favorites are dogs and horses. He is very close to his grandparents. He is very happy to have the opportunity to live in Virginia with his host family who chooses him.

Meet Hugo he is an only child but would not mind having siblings in his host family. He enjoys playing tennis, volleyball, and his favorite sport soccer. His favorite foods are Italian and Japanese. He loves animals especially dogs. But he isn’t comfortable around certain breeds such as pit bulls, rottweilers, & Doberman Pinschers. His favorite subjects is Math and Chemistry. He would like to give a big thanks to his host family that have chose him to be a part of their family.

For more information and to learn more about the benefits of hosting one of these awesome teenagers, or even another available exchange student. Please contact Cheryl at or message her on Facebook.

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