Dating a foreign exchange student
I strongly recommend you get a pre-pubescent girl or maybe offer to be a boarding house for mature language students. I have tried this a couple of times, but it didn't work out brilliantly, the members are mostly bright young things (which should have been obvious in advance): mine. She eventally complained enough to the overseeing agency to get moved to a different household for the remainder of her time here, and she was subsequently much happier. A full decade later, the exchange student I mentioned is still close with her host family.
notchimine - When I was a kid (during the '70's) we had several exchange students, two for the whole school year, and a couple others for shorter periods of time, often as fosters if the original placement didn't work out.
By the time he went back, his mother sent my mother a letter thanking her for the change in her son!
The next kid was from the Dominican Republic, and a much poorer background.
I don't have any experience with hosting exchange students, but if I had the room in my house and some time on my hands, I would do it in a heart beat.
He was also a great kid, and he's a close family friend now.
He came back to visit for a few months last summer to come to our wedding. On the other hand, about three years ago they got two boys from China. They were very reserved and the eight year old caused a lot of problems.
My husbands parents host exchange students, and in fact, their last (about two years ago) was a 16 year old German boy.
It turned out great, partly because my husbands mother is Austrian and the family on that side speaks German.
I strongly recommend you get a pre-pubescent girl or maybe offer to be a boarding house for mature language students. I have tried this a couple of times, but it didn't work out brilliantly, the members are mostly bright young things (which should have been obvious in advance): have a typical teenage boy in my house right now - I think it's great. It helps to have an open, busy family with lots of people coming and going and an easy-going attitude towards taking strangers into your home.