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2007 UCSD Award

“Organization of the Year”
University of California
San Diego Chancellor’s
International Center
Volunteer Award
presented by the
UCSD International Center.  


Here are several testimonials from hosts in the Solana Beach Host Family Program

My experience of being a “host family” was so much more than just picking up 2 students from the airport and having them sleep in our guest house.

Carlo and Ahmed became a really special part of our family.  We loved the conversations we had and enjoyed learning about their culture and their lives.  We loved sharing our faith, country, holidays and the things that make us all alike.  I know that we will always care about them and hope to see them again someday. To say that they enriched our lives is an understatement!

We were blessed…….



The Mossy Family



The Solana Beach Host Family program gives us a yearly opportunity to

help international students who now face many of the

situations we encounter when we travel abroad. Nicola and I have hosted

students since 1995. These "hostings" add such a wonderful & rich fabric

to our lives here in San Diego. We stay in touch with many of the

students we have enjoyed getting to know over all these years and we

expect many of them will be in our lives forever. Our lives would not be

the same without the host family program. Please contact us if you are

considering becoming a host family for the first time - we would be

happy to talk with you.


Ron and Nicole Ranson




We have been host family volunteers both here and in New England, and have hosted students from Mexico, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey and China. These experiences (as brief as a few days and as long as 6 months) have been genuinely rewarding for us. We've always felt we received far more than we gave as we have welcomed young people at the most exciting and forward-looking time in their lives, helped them adjust to American ways, foods, customs, and sometimes language. The Solana Beach Host Family affiliation has been one of the best, with a good, supportive network of people likewise committed to welcoming students into our homes and communities. Being a host family is one of the most positive and surely one of the most enjoyable ways to make a helpful contribution to the world.


John and Mary Benbow





Having been a host family for the past four years has been such a rewarding experience for our entire family.  We have come to love each one of our “UCSD daughters” and miss them all now that they have gone back to their home countries. 


From the time we are matched in the summer, through picking them up at the airport and going shopping for school supplies and cell phones to spending holidays together and introducing them to the American way of life it really is a great time for us as a family to show American hospitality and make memories with our new friends from around the world.  Our three teenage daughters take great pride when our students attend their school events as part of our family and think of these UCSD students sort of as “big sisters”. 


We still keep in touch regularly with our past 5 students and will be visiting two of them later this year when they both get the chance to show us their home countries. I hope when my daughters are in college studying abroad we can find a program for them to link up with like the Solana Beach Host Family Program!


Susan Doshier