International Student Exchange program in need of host families

Posted at 5:02 AM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 06:02:36-04

The International Student Exchange program places between 30 and 40 children from around the world right here in the Coastal Bend each year.

Organizers are still searching for loving host families before the upcoming school year.

"We’re not looking for perfection. Most of our families are just middle class families," Susan Hicks said.

Trish Frazier and her husband have housed several exchange students over the past few years, and said the experience is beneficial for the student, as well as her family.

"We like to believe that a lot of what we do in life, we get through experience. Sometimes it’s hard to see outside of your own four corners of the world," Frazier said.

Anna Branco came to the United States from Brazil and is now a senior at Flour Bluff High School.

She is on the soccer team and will walk the stage at graduation in June.

"You know, you make plans in your head, but honestly, this is beyond. Just the bond, the families, the friendship, it’s awesome," Branco said.

Organizers are hoping to place dozens of students in Corpus Christi before the fall and there is still time to open your home and your hearts.

The online application process includes a background check and a home visit.

If you’re interested, email Susan Hicks at, or check out the organization’s Facebook page.