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Frequently Asked Questions

We are listing some of the most commonly asked questions we receive here…and their answers. We have further questions answered on the host families page.

We are happy to answer questions about our programs and our prospective students. Please contact us through our “Contact” page for information.

Our Most Common Questions and Answers

The Association for Teen-Age Diplomats is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization established in 1951. ATAD coordinates high school exchanges between the Rochester area and many of Rochester’s Sister Cities, as well as cities in Turkey, Peru and Mali.
Families with two working parents, single parent families, and families with or without
teenagers all can be wonderful Host Families. Families must have a successful interview with an ATAD representative.
Families with two working parents, single parent families, and families with or without
teenagers all can be wonderful Host Families. Families must have a successful interview with an ATAD representative.
A Host Family provides a bed, study area, and three meals a day for the exchange student. The expectation is that the exchange student will be an integral part of the family. This is a home stay for the student to experience ordinary family life. The Host Family is not expected to give the student an allowance; the student provides his/her own spending money and health insurance.
Each will learn about another culture and language, while gaining a broader perspective of the world. You may also learn more about your own culture as you share with your student and/or family. The experience could develop into a life-long relationship.
Exchange students have their own spending money for shopping, social activities and school events. Host families are not supposed to be providing spending money or giving an allowance.
No, exchange students are covered by medical insurance provided through ATAD.
To be eligible for participation in ATAD’s program, students need to have passed a test demonstrating proficiency in English. Their proficiency and confidence will also make rapid gains as they immerse themselves in life as a teenager in Rochester.
Each will learn about another culture and language, while gaining a broader perspective of the world. You may also learn more about your own culture as you share with your student and/or family. The experience could develop into a life-long relationship.
The International Student must be between the ages of 15 1/2 and 18 1/2 at the time of departure to the United States. Applicants for the summer program may be as young as 14 at the time of departure. Students must demonstrate sufficient English proficiency to participate in the exchange program. Year and semester students must be able to handle reading and writing school assignments in English.
For American students going overseas: ATAD requires that all American students be covered by medical insurance while overseas in the amount of $50,000 per accident or illness, with a deductible not in excess of $500 per accident or illness. Additional insurance
tailored to exchange students can be purchased through ATAD at a very reasonable cost. For International students applying to go to the Rochester area: United States law requires a special type of insurance for exchange students coming to the US. The insurance must be purchased through ATAD, and meets all United States requirements.
ATAD is a home-stay program, not a travel program. ATAD does not permit independent travel. Students should not expect to visit family or friends while overseas.
ATAD cannot grant an extension of stay. Students are required to return to their home
country at the end of the program.
Each will learn about another culture and language, while gaining a broader perspective of the world. You may also learn more about your own culture as you share with your student and/or family. The experience could develop into a life-long relationship.
A support person is assigned to each student and family and is in contact with you on a regular basis. Interaction with your student’s ATAD Liaison is important in sorting out any misunderstandings and conflict. ATAD advisers have a great deal of experience with past students. We also provide significant support and orientation training during the placement semester or year. If a problem arises, the ATAD support network is there to help resolve the situation.
For International students applying to go to the Rochester area: United States law requires a special type of insurance for exchange students coming to the US. The insurance must be purchased through ATAD, and meets all United States requirements.
No. ATAD doesn’t allow this.
The safety and success of all of our students and families is our highest priority. Background checks are required by the State Department for host family members aged 18+, as well as our volunteers and board members.

Top 10 Reasons to Host a Student

  • It’s a fun way to learn more about the world without leaving home! Children who have international siblings develop a better knowledge of the globe and understanding about the world!
  • ATAD students are carefully matched with host families, and excellent support is provided for the International student, family and school by experienced Program Liaisons, all of whom are volunteers.
  • Incoming students are highly motivated teens who are eager to learn about family life in the US.
  • Having an International student in your home promotes understanding of other cultures through personal relationships.
  • It is a great way to help foster the spirit of the “Sister Cities” program within our world.
  • Having someone live in your home gives your child first-hand experience with what it is like to adjust to another culture. Maybe your child will want to visit as an exchange student in the future.
  • Host families often learn a lot about our community, since they often visit museums, galleries, festivals, parades and other special events with their student.
  • A terrific opportunity for learning about other parts of the world through the eyes of your visiting student!
  • Getting to meet and develop friendships with other families who are hosting international students in the community.
  • You are likely to have gained a lifetime family member by the end of your student’s visit!