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Check out our hosting opportunities!  (as of May, 2020)

Legacy is always looking for host families in Central and Southwest Virginia.  If you live in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Roanoke, Salem, Bedford, Smith Mountain Lake, Forest or Lynchburg and would like to become part of our network, please complete our Host Family Questionnaire (MS Word version) (or as a fill-able PDF).

2021 Hosting Opportunities

Professional Fellows Program – Host families needed in BLACKSBURG and  ROANOKE Virginia areas during one week in the winter of 2021 for “home hospitality” activities.  No overnights in your home are needed.  (Example activities:  dinner at one’s home, join one’s family in a volunteer activity, sightseeing in the local area, etc.)  2021 Hosting Dates: check back with us in October or November for dates and further details. (Tentative dates, Feb 21-28, 2021.) 

TechGirls – Summer 2021, with teens girls coming from Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. 2021 Hosting Dates:  check back with us in January 2021 for dates and further details.

Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program  Summer 2021. Weekend hosts needed in Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; and Pittsburgh, PA.  Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon (2 nights).  Check back in January 2021 for dates. Please contact:

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 with their Indonesian guest

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.