The U.S. State Department is looking to place a 16-year-old, male Lithuanian exchange student going into what would be his junior year in high school this fall. His name is Matas, and he needs a host family for the 2017-2018 school year beginning in August.

Matas sounds like an athletic and outgoing young man, and his profile can be found at this link: Matas_LITHUANIA_profile 

Please share with anyone you think would be interested in becoming a host family. The exchange students usually arrive in August before the start of the school year.  Below is additional info and a person in the program you can contact to ask questions: 

Contact: James E. Kerr  618 667 9858

Local Coordinator-American Councils for International Education


To win this scholarship to study in the U.S. the student:

  1. Must score well on an aptitude exam
  2. Must score well on an English proficiency exam
  3. Must do well in three rounds of oral interviews.

 In the U.S. the student:

  1. Must maintain a “B” average in classes in the host high school (and those classes must include US History or American Government and English.)

2.Must complete a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service

3.Must join a leadership club or activity

The student comes with:

  1. Full health coverage
  2. Receives a monthly stipend for spending money
  3. Has several hundred dollars available for school-related expenses

 The host family must:

  1. Provide a place to sleep and study
  2. Provide three meals per day (including either a packed lunch for school or lunch money.)
  3. Provide a comfortable living environment
  4. English must be the primary language used in the home.
  5. Provide transportation to and from school and school activities when a school bus is not available.