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Stories, Photos, and Testimonials

Stories, photos, and testimonials from FIUTS hosts.


Quotes from FIUTS hosts:

"This has been the single best mary figel farewell dinnervolunteer experience we, as a family, have ever participated in. What were initially polite international acquaintances have become life-long global friendships. We no longer look at the world map in the same way. Learning about cultures, traditions, foods, hardships, governments so different from our own has sharpened our international focus, concern and understanding. But the real value in this program is seeing the reaction of our children and how they have benefited from the relationships. It has been an education unlike any they could have in a classroom."

-Jim, Mary, Joe, Tom and Lizzie Figel, FIUTS hosts since 2005


michelle with host students"We have been incredibly fortunate to have hosted 7 amazing students from the Netherlands, China, France and South Korea. Each student has given us valuable insight to their own cultural background, which was exactly what we were seeking, but the exchanges also left us contemplating and appreciating our own cultural context in a new way. Hosting a student is a unique and wonderful opportunity to share this great city with students as they arrive, excited and often a little intimidated, for their time here. We now have many more individuals we can call friends in different areas of the world."

-Michelle Primley Benton, FIUTS host since 2010


"We have absolutely loved all the years of hosting students (via FIUTS) from around the world! We really feel that we now have an international family, have seen students graduate, get married, have families...even return to Seattle to say hello or live...It is a pleasure to be part of this organization since the mid 1980s."

-Emily M. Wilson, Mike Rich, and Garret Rich Wilson

Quotes from FIUTS Homestay Students:

“Homestay was a blast! I loved it! I'm still friends with my homestay family and hopefully will be for the rest of my life.” –Juca, Brazil, 2012

“And lastly, thank you for arranging the homestay. It’s a wonderful way for students to get acquainted with American culture, and in the process, we get to meet some very nice people. I was so lucky to have met my hosts. They have almost become my second family now.” –Asif, Bangladesh, 2013

“The families showed us so much love and welcome, and we truly are sad to leave them and our friends. Thanks also to FIUTS for a perfect match. I can't have asked for more.” – Mojisola, Nigeria, 2007

“I never believed in the quote ‘There are no strangers, just friends who haven’t met.’ Now I do.” –Prukalpa, India, 2013


Hosting Stories from the FIUTS Blog:

Homestay Interview: Guangzhou, China

Student interviews about their experiences in the homestay program over a weekend during the summer!

Thank You, Community Volunteers

Quotes from student participants in the homestay program about the difference their hosts make.

Bosnian Students Featured in "Doing Good"

An excerpt from a recent article in ParentMap about students and hosts from the most recent Youth Leadership Program with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Taking the Plunge in Seattle

A visiting student's host family helps a new place feel like home.

Host Profile: "I wanted to pay that hospitality forward"

Meet Brenda and Bruce, who have been hosting new FIUTS students for 30 years!

Host Profile: "It's great to help a new student get situated in Seattle"

Meet Amy and Erik, Seattleites who love to show off Pike Place Market and share new food with their students.

Host Profile: "Hosting is super fun!"

A profile of FIUTS homestay hosts Katie and Scott, who love to take students kayaking and out on the town to experience Seattle culture.

The Students are Coming

An article about the homestay experience by FIUTS board member Greg Siegler.

Hosted by Host Students in Bosnia

A Youth Leadership Program homestay host visits his students and their families in Bosnia.

"...With the Murrays in Seattle"

A recent visitor to Seattle from Bangladesh describes his time staying with a local host family.

Global Entrepreneurship in Seattle

FIUTS hosts welcomed nineteen students participating in UW's Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition.

Honoring a Lifetime of International Friendship

A former FIUTS homestay student and his wife dedicated a bench on the UW campus to honor the memory of his host parents.

Thanksgiving Dinner with FIUTS Students and Hosts

Some photos from Thanksgiving Dinner 2012, from host families around the Seattle area.

Why I Love My Host Family

Hena, a Youth Leadership Program participant from Bosnia-Herzegovina, tells us about her hosts Janet and Gary.

FIUTS Homestay Hosts Tell Us Why They Love Hosting

Some comments from our annual hosting survey.

Inviting the World to Stay

A blog post from a FIUTS host about her experience.

The FIUTS Family

A letter from an international student about the impact his host family had on his experience as a new arrival in Seattle.


Hosting and Friendship Programs Photo Album:

Click here to see photos from homestays, Thanksgiving dinner, and more!

Want to share feedback about your hosting experience? Have a story or photo you'd like to submit for our blog or album? E-mail FIUTS Manager of Community Programs Bea Chang at

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