The mission statement for MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY, “Connecting our World, Connecting our Memories,” underscores that MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY does not merely place and monitor students, but also that MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY ensures that we help train and educate the next generation of leaders who can adapt readily to the changing realities of our world.  Our vision is a world where people and nations accept their differences, recognize their similarities, and share the long-lasting memories that we hope and help to create.


MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY, a division of Globalise, is recognized as a leading U.S.non-profit organization that places and supervises international students in private and public educational institutions in the United States on an F-1 student visa, as well as international students visiting the US for short-term programs.

The personnel of MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY have been involved in placing and supervising international students for more than 45 years and work with hundreds of schools and colleges/universities throughout the U.S.  Students placed and supervised by MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY come from all continents of the world in order to live with an American host family.


MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY sets itself apart from other placement organizations in that we offer students choices of schools that meet their budget, desires and requests, whether they have special needs, wish to participate in sports or cultural clubs, need to upgrade their English proficiency, or have any other kind of special requirement.

Students choosing to begin their studies at a public high school will be limited to one year of enrollment. However, they can easily transfer to a private high school which is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Securityto sponsor F-1 students, for subsequent years. Students can express a choice of regions and even states, based on their preference for lifestyle, climate, and population.

Once students have expressed their preferred type of school, geographical location, special offerings, budgetary considerations, and the like, MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY will engage in research to determine high schools, colleges, or universities that meet these preferences and requirements. MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY will then present a minimum of 2 options to the students that we feel meet their desires and needs. If the student does not wish us to help apply to any of the options that we have presented, we will do further research in order to identify other institutions that best fit the student. MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY will not proceed without full authorization from the student and his/her parents. Students are responsible for non-refundable application fees that we submit on their behalf to schools.

The many years of experience that MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY personnel have had in the field of student placement and supervision guarantee that students will gain maximum benefit from their educational experience in the U.S.


  • Roger A. Riske, Ph.D.
    Roger A. Riske, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer

    After 30 years as president of a non-profit international student exchange organization which sponsored students under a program designated by the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Roger Riske retired from that position in 2008. He continues to work part-time on special projects. Among the projects are the establishment of a private high school placement program and now, as Chief Executive Officer of MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY.

    Dr. Riske was an English teacher with the U.S. Peace Corps in Tunisia from 1964-67. After obtaining his doctorate in International Relations, he taught courses in International Relations, World Politics, and Comparative and International Education at UCLA from 1979-1989.

    “The exposure, sensitivity, and knowledge acquired will be invaluable for the individual in his or her personal as well as professional development. MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY will enable qualified students to begin to participate in an increasingly globalized world.” – Roger A. Riske

  • Irene Martin, BSBA
    Irene Martin, BSBA Chief Operations Officer

    With over 22 years of experience in the field of international student exchange, and with a great passion for the true meaning of “non-profit” to further MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY mission, Ms. Irene Martin handles the operations of MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY.

    “In collaboration with all those involved with MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY, we aim to change our world by supporting tolerance and promoting cross-cultural understanding.  We are proud to be able to make a difference by expanding students’ minds and changing their lives.” –Irene Martin

  • Cindy Warner
    Cindy Warner California Regional Manager

    Mrs. Cindy Warner serves as the California Home Stay Regional Manager for MY AMERICAN HOMESTAY .  She possesses more than 31 years of experience managing international high school students, and has been a host mother for over 14 years, hosting 2 students every school year.  Cindy personally manages a number of coordinators throughout the state of California, while overseeing the counseling support for a number or international students and host families.

    Life is about people, not things.Let’s invest together wisely!”–Cindy Warner

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