Host Family Testimonials

  • “My experience as a “Host Mom” for Linus was absolutely wonderful!  He is a good and talented boy and together we mastered many things that will be a total asset to him as he enters a new phase of his life at Fordham University in the Fall.  Kudos to Linus!

    AIEP has been a gracious and informative guide throughout the “unknown” process of being a Host Mom.  From the beginning, Crystal and Kathleen have been encouraging and unceasing in their willingness to make our lives productive and fulfilling.”

    The Herzman Family

  • “We hosted two students this year, a freshman and a sophomore who attended Fairfield Prep.  Our experience with Steven and Daniel was exceptional.  They integrated seamlessly with our family and participated in many family functions.  Daniel even tried his hand a cooking a couple of times and gave us a taste of “traditional” Chinese fare.  Because Steven and Daniel were with us through the 2016 elections, coupled with the fact that my wife is Korean, we had many interesting discussions at the dinner table concerning the different ways each country’s political systems run.  Overall it was a great year for us and I hope that Steven and Daniel enjoyed it as much as we did.

    This is our second year hosting with AIEP and we have enjoyed a friendly and professional relationship with many of the staff.  AIEP cares for the needs of the students while quickly addressing any concerns that may arise.  We had no real issues that happened this year, but did have a few concerns with our students last year that were handled quickly and professionally with great results.  AIEP is clear from the start that we are here for the students, and we hope that we provided an environment for our students to maximize their learning and provide a positive remembrance of their experience.”

    The Oxner Family

  • “Being a host parent for an international student has been an extremely enriching experience ! I recommend it highly if you have a warm and loving home and time to commit —- Thanks so much”

    The Bale Family

  • “Our experience hosting a student this year was a wonderful experience! It was interesting and rewarding for my entire family!

    As for our experience with AIEP , they made everything clear right from the beginning, very informative and were always there if we needed help!  My coordinator Patti was always right there if I needed her!  She made the experience a pleasure.”

    The Rick Family

  • “Our experience with our Students was GREAT, we were honestly worried whether this was going to work out or not. Surprisingly, it has been life changing for us, we met other families and have become very good friends. Not only did our Students become part of our Family but also the other families are part of our extended family too.  Even though one of our students will not be returning to us, we are still looking forward to hosting our returning student and our new student.

    Our experience hosting with AIEP was positive and we thought it was great that they had monthly events for the students.  We also enjoyed the Family Events. Our only regret is that we didn’t host an international student sooner.”

    The Cruz Family

  • “Our first hosting experience was great.  We had a good kid that gave us no problems at all.

    Hosting with AIEP was a great.  The company truly cares about the host families.  The staff at AIEP was extremely helpful anytime we had questions or concerns.”

    The DiMartino Family

  • “Our experience hosting a student was awesome. We learned a lot about China and what their culture is like. We got to meet our student’s family and made a instant connection with them. We plan on visiting China sometime next year. This would have never happen without this program. Lisa and I were not empty nesters anymore and it was fun being busy again.

    Our connection with AIEP has been great. We got to be good friends with a lot of the team and they all were very accessible and there to help us through the process. I met David the co-founder and became friends. He is very caring person and very interested in all his kids.  I also recommended two other families to the organization.  Thank you all!”

    The Durante Family

  • “Hosting Sunny was, and will continue to be, an extraordinary opportunity. She and I were more than well-matched and allowing my home to become her home was a happy adventure. It will seem odd to open a kitchen closet and not find my spices mixed in with her’s. Not only have our culinary skills improved (my stir fry and her dipping chocolate-covered strawberries) but also we have developed a deep appreciation for each other’s personality and culture. I will miss the sounds of her singing along to her favorite Chinese and Taylor Swift songs on the afternoon ride home from Bryn Mawr.  Of course I wish her a wonderful summer with her family, but look forward to welcoming her back in the fall as we have much to look forward to together during her sophomore year in Baltimore.

    I thought AIEP was thorough during their interview process with me.  I was completely new to this program and had never done anything like this before.  I found the Baltimore Coordinator, Peg, easy to talk to and able to answer all of my questions and concerns.  Her honesty was refreshing as we talked through all the details of what day-to-day life with a potential match would entail.  In addition, AIEP kept in regular, monthly contact as well as made a point to talk separately with both Sunny and I to ensure that all was well from both perspectives.  I also appreciated the host family thank you dinner as well as the end of the year luncheon cruise!”

    The Tennies Family

  • “I hosted a single freshman student last year and the experience was so positive we decided to host two students this year.  We have our own adopted children from China so it was a mutually beneficial experience to host Chinese students. We have learned about the Chinese culture, their religions, their government, and their alternate holistic medicines in ways that textbooks just could not possibly teach us.

    We have had a positive experience with AIEP, as they have been supportive and professional in all ways. When my student was hospitalized for one week last year for a serious illness, AIEP representatives came to the hospital and offered us ongoing support. They return follow up phone calls in a timely manner and I have never had a problem receiving my stipend.”

    The Satonick Family

  • “We really enjoyed our hosting experience. Having any teenager in your home has it’s ups and downs but we worked together to resolve any problems that came up and had a lot of fun overall.

    We have hosted 8 students from different countries and agencies. What we appreciate about AIEP is that they have everyone’s well-being in mind, such as how they provide one support person for the student (who speaks their language and understands their culture) and another for the host family.”

    The Newbold Family

  • “I would love to share how we became host parents. Dan and I were just becoming empty- nesters when we decided to host a student from China. It was a special experience learning about their culture, opening up our home, and making them feel like a part of our family! The students leave China to come to America. Our goal was to make them feel comfortable and at home in their new environment. It is fun, you learn about their culture and they experience ours. It has been an amazing experience!”

    The Ragan Family

  • “We have been hosting with AIEP for 3 years now and it has definitely been a rewarding experience. We have gotten an opportunity to host three different students. This year we are hosting Daud, a senior attending Sacred Heart High School.

    We are so grateful for all the experiences we shared together, such as birthday celebrations, family outings, learning about the Chinese culture, and cooking Chinese meals. These unforgettable memories will always be with us.

    This is Daud’s last year with us and we are very saddened that he has to travel back home. We will continue to keep in touch just like we have with our previous students. We love creating that special bond and checking on our students and their families. We would like to know how they are doing and still regard them as part of our family.

    Our experience with AIEP has been great, whatever questions we had we were able to email, text, or call and we received replies quickly. It is great that there are a lot of available resources to host parents and that the line of communication is always open between AIEP and host parents.”

    The Ballie - Thomas Family

  • “Becoming a host family with AIEP is one of the most meaningful adventures we have taken in as a family. We have had many joyful times of cultural exchange and we have met wonderful international families along the way.

    AIEP has always supported us with any advice or information that we needed. They were always there with help, support, and guidance. It was never intrusive. This allowed us to develop natural bonds with our host children and enabled them to develop and individuate appropriately so that they could focus on their goals for coming to a new country. From the get-togethers to the long nights of studying both we and our host children have grown and learned deeply as we have come to love a new culture.

    We hope to be a member of the AIEP family forever and we will always be there for our host children to support them through the challenges and joys of becoming successful.”


    The Kent Family

  • “Good day folks and thank you for the opportunity for Joni and myself Richard to enter into the next school year with some shared thoughts and moments inside our times with some great students assigned to us here at our home, in Worcester, MA.
    First and foremost, the organizations that have been part of our family from the start have been no less than what we would hope. AIEP has provided polite and competent people from their teams assisting not only the needs and guidance for us here but also the needs and support of the students as well. All of which can be plenty to think about taking in young and ambitious but also cultured in ways some different slightly than those of ourselves. These thoughts are not burdensome, they are a learning part of the learning curve that we all are on and off throughout our own lives when we accept changes and meet new folks that are progressing through changes of their own, away from home in a different comfort zone.
    We have hosted students from China and Korea and it has been an unforgettable experience. Not only we love our students but we also have their parents come to visit us and get to know each other more.
    The hardest part of hosting a student is when they graduate and take different paths. However, we have been blessed to be visited by some of our students who have graduated and their parents.
    Challenges are a wonderful way and an opportunity to make friends. The staff at AIEP the staff at the previous agency we used to be part of, EduBoston, have done wonderful things to bring the students here, and give them the opportunity to get an education and live the American dream.
    We wish our student Eric the best of luck and we are looking forward to another great successful school year.”

    The Novick Family

  • “This will be my last year hosting Chinese students. It been such an honor and pleasure to have the three students I have had. Each of them having different needs but all of them having the same commonality. My boys studied hard because that is why they were here. My goal with each student was the same. Treat them like your own and give them encouragement and support to try new things.

    My last student was with me for three years. He was bright, funny, sassy and confident when he left 4 days ago. He arrived a very quiet, shy, and scared 14 year old. Hosting is rewarding and my recommendation is to stay with the same youth to be able to measure the growth. I thank AIEP for the experience and it is now time to focus on my retirement and future”.

    The Algar Family

  • “I am very pleased to have joined the AIEP program. I have learned a lot about Chinese culture, their traditional food, and most importantly I have had the pleasure of hosting my two boys, Harry and Ray. They are great people and have so much respect for me and my family. Ray and Harry are always open to trying our food, to learn about my culture as well. I enjoy seeing my boys eating without any complaints regarding the different food we cook.
    Two great kids with great personalities, understand each other, and there has never been a conflict between them or us. They always show their happy sides and the best part is that we understand each other.
    I am thankful for AIEP and I am looking forward to many great years ahead!”

    The Nunez Family

  • “Ryan and I decided to give being a host family a try after speaking to one of my co-workers. This is our first time hosting and it has been a great experience so far!

    We are hosting 2 teenage girls from China. One is a Sophomore and one is a freshman at Holy Cross High School. They have taught us about Moon Festival and moon cake. We take trips on the weekends to fairs, farms, and family parties.

    Ryan and I provide transportation to and from school. They work on their homework when we get home and even help out with cooking. We have been learning from each other and having fun!”

    The Gannon Family

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