Seattle host families meet Youth Ambassadors at the airport.

Feeling at Home, Abroad

Securing comfortable living arrangements in your host country is a vital part of a positive exchange experience. Whether you are living with a host family or locating your own accommodations, a little planning can pay off when you arrive later.

Planning Your Trip: Know Before You Go!

Before you go, make sure you research the local conditions, laws, and political landscape of your host country. Respecting the local culture and people of your host country-as well as being "street smart" helps ensure a pleasant and productive experience abroad. The U.S. Department of State has a wide range of informational resources available for your use, including:

  • Travel Warnings that are issued when the State Department recommends that American avoid a certain country
  • Travel Alerts to disseminate information quickly about terrorist threats and other relatively short-term conditions that pose significant risks to Americans.
  • Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues, including the health conditions, crime, unusual currency or entry requirements, any areas of instability, and the location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in that country.
Stay Safe, Travel Smart

Stay Safe, Travel Smart

How do you exchange participants manage their health and safety concerns while living overseas? What support services are available? Find answers here.

For Parents & Families

Resources for Parents & Families

Guides and tips for helping your child prepare for their adventure abroad.

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Adjusting to a New Culture

Learning about the people, culture, and customs of a host country can help your child adjust more quickly to his or her new surroundings.

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U.S. Department of State: Travel Abroad Tips offers resources to help you prepare for your child's exchange experience abroad.

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