Check out our 2018 hosting opportunities!  (updated April 8, 2018)

Legacy is always looking for host families in Southwest Virginia and Washington DC.  If you live in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Bedford, Lynchburg, or Roanoke (OR the Washington, DC metro area) and would like to become part of our network, please  complete our Host Family Questionnaire.

TechGirls from Middle East & North Africa NOW SEEKING FAMILIES!  July weekend hosts needed in ROANOKE, LYNCHBURG or BEDFORD, Virginia areas. Dates:  Friday afternoon, July 27 through Sunday afternoon, July 29, 2018 (weekend only, two nights).

Professional Fellows Program – Hosts needed in BLACKSBURG, CHRISTIANSBURG, ROANOKE or SALEM, Virginia for one week stays. Participants will have Legacy organized activities at Virginia Tech during weekday work hours. (Legacy provides transport form Roanoke.)  Two date options: 

  • ALMOST FILLED!!!  SPRING OPTION (Morocco & Tunisia): Sunday, April 22 at ~2pm through Saturday, April 28, ~2pm (6 nights).
  • FALL OPTION (Egypt, Algeria, Libya & Lebanon): Sunday, October 7 at ~2pm through Saturday, October 13, ~2pm (6 nights).

Homestay hosts play a critical role in the overall experience of international guests. Through their time with their American families, exchange visitors best understand U.S. cultural values and way of life.  More than 400 southern Virginia families, companies, and organizations have participated in home hosting and program activities for Legacy’s international visitors since 1994.

homestay family and participant

Local homestay family and Indonesian participant

Families with children, couples, and single adults can become volunteer hosts. Hosting periods range from 1-2 weeks in length to just a weekend.  Legacy organizes the daytime program activities for your guest(s) on weekdays, and include transportation support to these activities from a centralized meeting point in your community..

We invite you to  read more about the benefits of hosting and to browse through our hosting FAQS.  Many of Legacy’s host families have sent us comments reflecting on their hosting experience.

The Indonesian youth in Legacy’s Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Exchange who stayed with Roanoke & Bedford families expressed their enthusiasm for their homestay hosts. Read about their favorite moments with their American family.

Skip and Vickie Larrington have been hosting Legacy’s international visitors at their Smith Mountain Lake home for 10+ years. The Larringtons recently traveled to the Middle East and connected with their “daughters” from TechGirlsRead about their favorite moments from one of their recent hosting opportunities.