Making the world a better place for tomorrow

Student American International's mission is to promote the idea that we can help make the world a more peaceful place if we recognize the differences between various cultures, and work to understand and celebrate those differences, person to person. Through its academic home-stay program, students, host families, schools and communities learn about one another's differences and similarities. SAI believes that as generalities and stereotypes give way to real people, participants are able to see beyond ethnic, racial, religious and cultural differences to establish relationships based on understanding and acceptance.

SAI was established as an outgrowth of friendships made during first hand exchange experiences. The President, Melissa Polos, has been involved in exchange at all levels. She was an exchange student several times, a host parent, a Local Representative, a Regional Director, and has managed SAI since its inception in 1996.

Our Representatives

Our Student American International representatives provide ongoing support for SAI students and their host families, and as such, are key to the SAI support network.

Kim South Carolina Experience: 9 years Fun, easy going, high energy, very involved with all students, organized.
Pat Arkansas Experience: 25+ years Strongest student advocate, passionate about exchange, lived all over the world, very giving, involved in community and church.
Renee Nebraska Experience: 12 years Fun, easy going, entertaining, positive, energetic, loveable.

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Student Trips

SAI relies on local contacts across the United States for placement, supervision and direct contact with all of our students, host families and schools.


Meet our students and decide if you'll be the loving host family to bring the world closer together for an exchange student.

Iara Spain Gender: Female Program Duration: Academic Year Religion: None Interests/Activities: Dad- musician, mom economist. Cat allergy when contact, dogs ok. church occ, 1 young sib, lives with mom only. Big in to basketball, sports and playing music-drums. photography, music and sports. I like any kind of sport. I love taking photos. play the dr
Anders Denmark Gender: Male Program Duration: Academic Year Religion: Christian Interests/Activities: Basketball; Fitness training; American Football; Handball; Track field Dad gardener, mom agriculture, church more than once per week, pets ok, 2 older brothers.
Jakub Czech Republic Gender: Male Program Duration: Academic Year Religion: Protestant Interests/Activities: Dad- Engineer, mom-Head of purchasing, 1 older 1 younger sibling pets great, church regularly, camping, outdoor things, ice hockey and ice hockey referee. I have second highest license to provide ice hockey refereeing by Czech Ice Hockey Association. I do