"We will never forget the experience of hosting a new daughter from Afghanistan. We taught each other about our families, daily habits, cultures, schoolwork, world happenings, politics, favorite foods, and how to have fun!"

Cambridge Institute

Interested in hosting a Cambridge International Education (China) student?
Cambridge International Education brings Chinese students to American high schools. CIE provides all partner schools and host families with a local student support services coordinator who supports the student and family in a wide variety of areas, including conducting home-visits, meeting with students at the school, and addressing host family questions or concerns.  In addition to these services, the coordinator provides host families with an orientation to help them prepare to host their new “family member” and an extensive orientation will also be provided to the student as they transition to the United States and Mounds Park Academy. Our local contact is Dominic Amegashitsi and questions can be directed to him. Additionally, you may visit this helpful FAQ page for more information. Host families provide accommodations and meals for their student, as well as guidance, friendship and assistance during the student’s time at MPA.

Youth For Understanding

Interested in hosting a Youth for Understanding student?
Youth for Understanding
brings students from all over the world to American high schools. Contact Anna Peters for more information. YFU provides the support of an area representative for all host families. This representative is available to support the student and family in all areas.

Families will participate in a four-part orientation program throughout the year, providing valuable information related to the progression of the school year and student/family needs: pre-arrival orientation (August), post-arrival orientation (September), mid-year orientation (January), and end-of-year orientation (May). Please see the YFU FAQ for more information. Host families provide accommodations and meals, as well as guidance, friendship, and assistance during the student’s time at MPA.

Mounds Park Academy Interested in hosting an independent international student?
Mounds Park Academy receives independent international student applicants and pairs them with host families. Contact Sarah McFarland for more information. MPA provides the support of a host family coordinator for all international students and families. This coordinator is available to support the student and family in all areas. New family orientation and mentor program will be made available to all host families and will offer an opportunity to discuss the many aspects of hosting an international student. Communication with the students, host families, and MPA coordinator will be ongoing throughout the year. Host families provide accommodations and meals, as well as guidance, friendship, and assistance during the student’s time at MPA.