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Become a Host family

We are looking for host families in Montreux (Switzerland), Berlin and Freiburg (Germany) and Lyon (France)

If you are interested in changing the dynamic of your home and the lives of international exchange students - join our incredible network of host families!


  • A chance to meet and engage with students from many different cultures and traditions. You can share your family's way of life with a student from another culture, connect to your community in exciting new ways, and bring the world into your home
  • All of our families who host international students receive monetary compensation for hosting. This sum is meant to support your family with the weekly costs of hosting foreign students.
  • Alpadia staff will be with you every step of the way when hosting students: guiding you through your student’s transition to their new country; introducing you to other families in your community, and listening to your feedback & ideas for future hosting experiences.


  1.  A welcoming family atmosphere
  2. A clean bedroom with a separate comfortable bed for each student, wardrobe space and a place for the student to study in peace
  3. When applicable, provide suitable meals
  4. Be available to assist the student upon arrival with familiarising themselves with your house and locality
  5.  Include the student in family activities
  6. Take all complaints seriously no matter how trivial and always remember your language is not the students’ native language - misunderstandings can occur
  7. Be able to host young people for long or short term stays.

Requirement and Location

When matching students with the right host families we take into account a few factors such as young children in the household, pets and family lifestyles. The students we place with you will be expected to abide by reasonable household rules, including cleanliness and curfew times.

To become a host family you need to live less than an hour away from the schools (by public transport). 


Grand-Rue 42

CP 1206
1820 Montreux
CH– Switzerland

 +41 (0) 21 621 84 48

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Werthmannstrasse 18

79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
DE– Germany

+49 (0) 761 13 73 230

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Hauptstraße 23/24

10827 Berlin
DE– Germany

+33 (0) 4 72 41 98 06

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Lyon School

6, quai Jules Courmont

69002 Lyon
FR– France

+33 (0) 4 72 41 98 06

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