Host families needed for 2024 BFTF summer program participants’ 10-day home stay

Volunteer families are needed to host 55 top high school scholars from Europe and the United States who will attend a U.S. Department of State (USDOS) program at Purdue University this summer.

Funded by the USDOS’ Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the 2024 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship (BFTF) program will take place at Purdue. The BFTF program is designed to build relations among future leaders. At Purdue, it will be hosted by the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Purdue is the only U.S. university hosting this annual summer program.

“We are looking for families to host BFTF 2024 Fellows,” said Anatoli Rapoport, director of the Purdue summer program and professor of social studies education. “BFTF Fellows will be staying in host families from Saturday, July 6, until early Monday morning, July 15, when they will leave for Washington, DC.”

A large group of BFTF students standing in front of the Michigan River in Chicago.
2023 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows visited Chicago for a day

Fellows will discuss important issues in global and Transatlantic politics, mass media, global citizenship, and community service. The Fellows will stay in a residence hall for part of their time at Purdue, but from July 6-15 they will stay with local families.

On weekdays, Fellows will take classes on campus or participate in community service, social, and cultural events. Host families are responsible for transporting students to campus by 8:30 a.m. and picking them up around 4:30 p.m., providing breakfast and dinner, and interacting with them in the evenings. On the weekends, families will be able to take them to Tippecanoe County events and sites and, in the case of the European Fellows, introduce them to family life in the United States.

A group of students seated in a small lecture hall.
A students standing in front a monitor with a PowerPoint presentation on display.

(l) A Dutch student discusses propaganda; (r) a Lithuanian student introduces his country to the Fellows

“I really loved the week that I stayed with my host family,” said a past participant. “They were amazing people. Also, it was a great chance to learn about American families.”

All BFTF Fellows are well-educated, English-speaking, responsible young men and women 16-18 years of age from Europe and the U.S., chosen through a rigorous selection process to participate in this prestigious Fellowship.

Families will provide separate beds for each Fellow, but private bedrooms or bathrooms are not needed. Family members over 18 years of age must complete a simple online criminal background check at no charge as the program will pay the background check fee.

A group of BFTF students in a bowling alley. Each are holding a bowling ball.
Bowling, anyone?
Four BFTF students kayaking in a swampy area.
BFTF students making s'mores outside

(l) First-time kayakers on the Tippecanoe River; (r) Cookout & making s’mores
(Purdue University/All photos provided)

“Successful, great, amazing, wonderful, unique – I cannot even find the appropriate word to describe my stay in the USA, which turned out to be one of the best experiences in my whole life,” said another former participant. “I regard the whole trip as the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

Interested families should complete an online Host Family Application form. A welcome reception for host families will be held on July 6, and a Farewell Reception for host families and Fellows will be held on July 14.

More info: Anatoli Rapoport, professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education,

Jeremy Bloyd, program administrator/homestay coordinator,

Host family information:

Source: Anatoli Rapoport