Pacific Intercultural Exchange (PIE), a nonprofit organization, is looking for families to host international students in the coming academic semester.

High school classes will start in August, so interested parties must apply immediately. The deadline to match students with families is July 31.

The international students are between the ages of 15 and 18 years and come from countries such as South Korea, Germany, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Norway and China.

"The exchange program focuses on breaking down misconceptions between cultures through the medium of international exchange," said Elvia Meza, operations director.

There is no typical family makeup to be host families. Families are not paid but want to experience other cultures.

Families can select an international student based on hobbies and interests as well as gender. Family screening includes a background check, an in-home interview and a verification of personal references. The international students are English-speaking and have their own spending money. American families provide a caring environment, room and daily meals.

Families who host students are eligible to claim a $50 charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a student. For information, contact Shelli at 1-866-360-0598 or visit www.pieusa.org.