Why Choose Us


Designed to provide excellent educational opportunities and an intensive cross-cultural experience to select international students


Our Programs

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 assitance through our 24-hour Emergency Hotline, and direct communication with the overseas sponsor and natural family.

Our worldwide contacts, national field staff, and dedication to global education makes 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.

Our Credentials


Designated by the U.S. Department of State to sponsor students on a J-1 Visa.


Endorsed by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel.


Our Founder

Mary M. Kass is an international affairs expert and the Founder and CEO of Face the World Foundation and the Face the World Global Education Group. In 1993, Mary founded Face the World Foundation, a J-1 cultural exchange program for international high school students, Education One, an F-1 academic year program, and American Work Adventures, a J-1 seasonal work and travel program for international university students. Through the years, Mary’s passion for international exchange continues to grow and is still strongly dedicated to providing a cross-cultural experience for families and students alike.