Youth home hosting

Change the world in just 12 days!

Host an international high school student through our Youth Leadership Programs

These short-term (10-12-day) home hosting opportunities are one of the easiest (and most fun!) ways to experience another culture and to share the unique beauty, culture and hospitality of our region and country. Cultural exchange is one of the most effective ways to build understanding between countries, providing a forum for guests to see the true America-and Americans to get a glimpse into another culture-breaking down stereotypes and broadening perspectives on both sides.

20 home hosts needed for the Kenyan Youth Leadership Program

The Northern Nevada International Center will welcome 16 Kenyan students (age 15-17) and four Kenyan adults to our community in December of 2020. During the weekdays, students participate in all-day seminars. Hosts drop their guest(s) off at the University of Nevada, Reno around 8:00 a.m. and pick them up around 5:00 p.m. (these times are flexible to accommodate hosts' work schedules).

Any time that the students are engaged in program activities, their transportation and food will be provided by the program (this includes daily lunches, four dinners and transportation to all activities, including cultural events). 

For more information or to pledge to be a home host contact program coordinator, Stacy Kinion at skinion@nnic.org.

Home hosts needed for the Algerian Youth Leadership Program

The Northern Nevada International Center will welcome Algerian and out-of-state American students (age 15-17) as well as Algerian adult mentors to our community in the summer of 2021. These Algerian guests will join ten American high school students as they take part in a leadership and project-planning program, based at the University of Nevada, Reno. During the weekdays, students participate in all-day seminars. Hosts drop their guest(s) off at the University of Nevada, Reno around 8:00 a.m. and pick them up around 5:00 p.m. (these times are flexible to accommodate hosts' work schedules).

Any time that the students are engaged in program activities, their transportation and food will be provided by the program (this includes daily lunches, four dinners and transportation to all activities, including cultural events). Hosts have five evenings and three weekend days with their English-speaking guest(s) (ages 15-17). On other program evenings, hosts are invited to attend pre-arranged cultural events (Aces Baseball, bowling, a barbeque and an Algerian culture night) with students and other host families. See the draft 2020 Algerian Youth Leadership Program calendar for more details (please note that activity dates and times are subject to change).

For more information or to pledge to be a home host contact program coordinator, Stacy Kinion at skinion@nnic.org.

Hosts provide

  • A bed for one or two guests (guests can share a room with another guest or a family member of the same gender)
  • Meals for the time your guest(s) is with you. Hosts provide breakfasts, and dinners on the evenings that there is no pre-arranged cultural activity. Hosts will be provided with a supply of food for guests with certain dietary needs.
  • Daily transportation to and from the University of Nevada, Reno. Generally, the morning drop-off is around 8:00 a.m. and the afternoon pick-up is around 5:00 p.m. These times can be flexible to fit hosts' work schedules. We can help also arrange carpooling with other hosts in your area.

How to become a home host

  • 1. Print and complete the background check consent form

    The background check consent form enables NNIC to initiate a required criminal background check for anyone in your home age 18+. You will be asked to upload the completed form to your online 2019 Youth Programs Home Host Application

    If you are unable to upload the form to the application, you can also scan or take a picture of the form and email it to Stacy Kinion (skinion@nnic.org) or mail it to

    Northern Nevada International Center
    855 W. 7th Street, Suite 270
    Reno, NV 89503.

    Please note: NNIC will never collect or store any of your personal information. We work with a background check company called Sterling to run your name against state and national criminal and sex offender lists. Sterling's secure, electronic profile takes 5-10 minutes to complete and, the results are typically returned within seven business days.

  • 2. Fill out a youth programs home host application

    The home host application provides details about your home and interests so that we can better match you with a guest(s). The application is also the start of our vetting process. On the application, you will provide two personal references and will upload a background check consent form (see details in Step 1).

  • 3. Schedule a home visit

    After we receive the results of your family's background check(s), a member of our staff will contact you to coordinate a date and time for a home visit. These visits usually take an hour maximum and are conducted as a way to get to know your family members and pets, as well as to ensure a safe home environment.

  • 4. Complete a home host profile

    This document will be your guest(s) initial introduction to you and your family. It includes a description of you and your home, a welcome note and a family picture. Your guest(s) will receive a copy prior to their arrival in the U.S. In turn, your family will receive a profile with information about them. Home host matches are not made until about 24 hours before the students arrive, as our staff travels to Algeria right before the program to give a three-day pre-departure orientation, and takes advantage of this time to get to know each student's preferences and personality prior to assigning them to a family.

  • 5. Home host orientation

    There will be a 1.5-hour evening home host orientation two to three weeks prior to the start of the program. At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to meet other hosts while we go over the ins-and-outs of hosting.

  • 6. Pick up your guests at an opening dinner

    Enjoy getting to know your guests, other home hosts and program staff at an opening barbeque. You will take your guests home from here.

    For further questions about hosting or the hosting or the hosting process, see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Algerian Youth Leadership Program Manager Stacy Kinion at skinion@nnic.org or 775.784.7515 ext. 226.

    The Algerian Youth Leadership Program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is coordinated locally by the Northern Nevada International Center.