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Host Family Program

The Host Family Program began informally with one family and has grown to include dozens of families interested in international exchange. The Host Family Program is now a core component of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at campuses throughout the United States.

Former host families have experienced tremendous rewards from their participation in the program, and many lifelong friendships have developed. Not only have host families learned about the country or region of their Fellow, they have often developed a whole new appreciation for international affairs.

Fellows do not live with their hosts during their Humphrey year, although they often join hosts for events, vacations, and holidays. Host families greet the Fellows upon their arrival, settle them into their apartments, assist them in learning the practical aspects of life in the Twin Cities, and maintain regular, supportive contact with them throughout the year. Host families are also invited to participate in many Humphrey Program events.

If you are interested in becoming a host, please contact the Human Rights Center at hrfellow@umn.edu or 612-626-2226.

Host Family Program

2011-12 Humphrey Fellow Ricardo Sandcroft (left) with his host family, Ruth and Mike Bettendorf.