Check out our hosting opportunities!  (as of February 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).

2020 Hosting Opportunities

Professional Fellows Program – Host families needed in BLACKSBURG / CHRISTIANSBURG or ROANOKE / SALEM, Virginia for one week. Participants will have Legacy organized activities during weekday work hours.  2020 Spring & Fall Hosting Options:

  • SPRING, 2020 (Tunisia, Morocco):  Sunday, April 19 at ~2pm through Sunday, April 26, ~2pm (7 nights).
  • FALL, 2020 (Egypt, Algeria & Lebanon):  Sunday, October 11 at ~2pm through Sunday, October 18, ~2pm (7 nights).

Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program –  Weekend hosts needed in Austin, TX, Chicago, IL and Pittsburgh, PA.  Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon (2 nights).  July 10-12, 2020Please contact:

TechGirls (Middle East, North Africa & Central Asia) – Summer weekend hosts needed in BLACKSBURG / CHRISTIANSBURG, ROANOKE / SALEM, LYNCHBURG / FOREST, SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, or BEDFORD, Virginia.  2020 Summer Dates: 

  • TechGirls / Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan & Uzbekistan): Friday afternoon, July 10 through Sunday afternoon, July 12 (2 nights).
  • TechGirls / MENA (Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories):  Friday afternoon, July 24 through Sunday afternoon, July 26 (2 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.