FIEA - Minnesota and Wisconsin Representative
Our mission is to promote cultural exchanges between the United States and other nations worldwide. With our multilingual capabilities and extensive connections in other countries, we are dedicated to promoting educational cultural exchanges through our student exchange program. The ultimate goal of Forte International Exchange Association is to promote cultural exchange and foster mutual understanding and friendship between the United States and other nations of the world. We hope that our work will contribute to building a peaceful worldwide community, a greater understanding and tolerance of other cultures, and global idea exchange.
Who we are:
Forte International Exchange Association is an independent non-profit organization designated by the State Department as an "Exchange Visitor Program". We bring high school students from other countries to the United States to participate in an academic and cultural exchange. Our students learn about various aspects of American culture, society, and customs while living with American host families and attending high school. Through the students' daily activities and interactions, they not only learn about the United States, but also have a chance to share the ideas, customs, and culture from their home country with their American host families, classmates, teachers, and communities.
We recruit volunteer host families who have a genuine desire and interest to host an international student. Our host families are carefully selected and interviewed to ensure that each student and host family will have a pleasant and memorable experience. Host families and students participate in orientations to help them prepare for exposure to a different culture. Our host families provide free room and board to students for the duration of the program. Host families are not paid; they host our students to learn about another culture, to share their life with a student from another country, and to reap the many other benefits of hosting and giving.