Face The World Foundation

Locations: 7599 Redwood Blvd, Suite 200, Novato, CA
Phone: Regional Director – Heather Slinkard: 479-616-0621
Website: http://www.facetheworld.org

About:  Face The World Foundation (FTW) is a non-profit educational and cultural exchange organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Since 1980, FTW has promoted global learning and exchange by offering opportunities for international high school students to experience life in the U.S.  The goal of this cultural exchange program is to provide students, host families, schools, and communities with a quality experience that will not only enhance personal growth, but also will establish lasting friendships.  Face the World Foundation is designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor students on a J-1 visa.  Our cultural exchange programs are also endorsed by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).

Our worldwide contacts, national field staff, and dedication to global education make us a leader in the field of student exchange.  Both here and abroad, we are all contributing to the development and education of tomorrow’s leaders.

Programs:  Face The World’s programs are designed to provide excellent educational opportunities and an intensive cross-cultural experience to select international students that will expand their normal scope of world understanding.  We offer Semester and Academic Year programs for full-time study in an American high school to students between the ages of 15 and 18.  Students are placed in high schools across the country.  Each student lives with a carefully selected volunteer Host Family and is supported by the Community Representative assigned to that community.  All students are provided with medical coverage, emergency assistance through our 24-hour Emergency Hotline, and direct communication with the overseas sponsor and natural family. 

During the application and acceptance process, students are screened for academic performance, English ability, and emotional maturity.  Orientation is provided prior to departure and after arrival in the United States.  Students and host families are supervised and counseled by local Community Representatives, who provide continual updates on students to our national office and the overseas agency who stays in touch with the students’ parents.
Face The World also offers Academic Semester (5-month) or Year-long (10-month) programs for American students to live and attend school abroad.  Locations we offer include Belgium, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and more!  American students, ages 15 to 19, can apply to study abroad for 5 or 10 months.  These students live with host families and attend schools in the country they choose.  It is a terrific way for students to improve their knowledge of a second language and be exposed to a new culture.

Volunteer Opportunities:  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer host family, please contact the Regional Director, Heather Slinkard, to begin the process of providing a home far away from home for a foreign exchange student!