Host International Visitors

Dinner Hosting

Dinner hosting is a chance for World Affairs Council members and Greater Seattle residents to spend a casual afternoon or evening with international visitors. It is an opportunity to meet new friends and learn about other cultures by welcoming international visitors into your home and sharing your experience as an American in the Pacific Northwest. We ask that hosts provide transport to and from the hotel where the visitors are staying, if at all possible, and be supportive of any dietary restrictions a visitor may have.

If you are interested in becoming a dinner host, please fill out this form.

Overnight Hosting

Occasionally, the World Affairs Council hosts youth exchange or professional visitors who would like to stay overnight at the home of a local family.  These homestays usually range from one night up to two weeks.  In the last year homestay hosts welcomed Russian judges, Brazilian and Iraqi youth, and Indonesian environmental policy experts into their homes.  Overnight hosting provides the unique opportunity to share your home and lifestyle with an international visitor while giving the visitor a unique window into the daily lives of Americans.

If you are interested in becoming a homestay host, please see current opportunities and fill out this form or email Rachel Paris-Lambert, Senior Program Officer, International Visitor Program.

Volunteer Driving

Drivers are sometimes needed for our smaller programs, to take international visitors to meetings with their peers.  Commitments range between 2-6 hours, between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm on workdays.  Drivers may be reimbursed on a program-by-program basis.

Professional Hosting

Professional hosting is a chance for Puget Sound-based professionals to meet international colleagues in their field of interest. It is an excellent opportunity for a mutual exchange which educates both parties and often yields long-standing business and personal contacts. Meetings typically last one hour but various types of arrangements can be made to incorporate site visits, observations, trainings, interviews, and more.

If you are a teacher in the Seattle area and are interested in hosting an international visitor in your classroom, we may be able to connect you with an upcoming delegation.  Please email gcstaff@world-affairs.org with your name, school, grade level, topics of interest, and any notable programs at your school that might be of interest to visitors.

If you are interested in being a professional host to international visitors, or would like to meet with a specific visitor, please contact Emily Peters, Program Officer, International Visitor Program.


Michelle Kwan, five time world figure skating champion, is passionate about connections with international visitors through dinner hosting or homestays. See her here, talking about how the simple act of opening up your home can expand your world and make a difference.

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