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Rochester Global Connections Seeks Host Families for International Student Exchange Programs

May 10, 2024

Rochester, NY – Rochester Global Connections (RGC), a nonprofit organization committed to fostering international understanding and cultural exchange, is excited to announce the search for host families for its 2024 series of international student exchange programs. With programs involving youth from Iraq, the Caribbean, and Bolivia/Peru, RGC aims to enrich the Rochester community by facilitating cultural connections that inspire global citizenship.

Program Details:

  • Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP)
    • Dates: July 9 – 22, 2024
  • Youth Ambassadors Caribbean Exchange
    • Dates: August 3 – 13, 2024
  • Youth Ambassadors Bolivia/Peru Exchange
    • Dates: October 12 – 23, 2024
  • Participant Age Group: Youth ages 15-18
  • English Proficiency: Fluent

RGC is looking for compassionate and enthusiastic families in the Rochester area who are interested in hosting one or two international students during the program dates. Host families are crucial to the success of the exchange programs, providing students with a supportive home environment, daily meals, and assistance with transportation during weekdays.

Host Family Benefits:

  • A stipend is provided to host families to help cover expenses.
  • Families will have a unique opportunity to learn about new cultures directly from their guests.
  • The experience promotes global understanding and offers a chance to form lasting international friendships.

“We are thrilled to bring together young people from around the world and local families in Rochester,” said Lily Lynch, Executive Director of Rochester Global Connections. “These exchanges not only enrich the lives of the students but also those of the host families and the broader community. It’s a celebration of cultural diversity and a step toward greater global understanding.” Interested families are encouraged to contact Rochester Global Connections for more information on how to apply and what hosting involves. RGC is committed to providing full support to host families throughout the program.

For further details about the hosting experience or to sign up, please visit or contact: Lily Lynch at

About Rochester Global Connections
Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is a non-profit organization that promotes international understanding and cultural exchange. Through educational programs, RGC connects the Rochester community with international visitors, fostering global citizenship and cross-cultural friendships.


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