GISD/Taiwanese Student Ambassador Program


We are proud to partner with the Greater Dallas Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce to provide a yearly student exchange between Garland ISD high schools and NanKan High School in Taoyuan City, Taiwan. Through an immersive exchange of U.S. and Taiwanese culture and lifestyle, the program provides a memorable international experience for participating host families and students.

Program timeline

Exchange students alternate travel every other year in October (NanKan) or November (Garland ISD). The schedule below provides tentative dates for each visit through 2021:

Taiwanese Students Visiting GISDGISD Students Visiting Taiwan
October 17 - 26, 2018November 20 - 29, 2019
October 14 - 23, 2020November 17 - 28, 2021

Hosting an exchange student

Apply to become a host family

Host families needed

We are currently seeking families to host high school age Taiwanese exchange students for approximately 10 days in October. If your family is interested in participating, please fill out the host family interest form and someone from the Garland ISD Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment will contact you for more information.

Being a host family is a wonderful experience that enriches the lives of all involved. By accepting a foreign exchange student into your home, you are opening your heart and mind to helping bridge the gap between two different countries.

Hosting expectations

While GISD and the Taiwanese Chamber will provide activities during the day, host families are expected to provide nightly meals and encouraged to expose exchange students to a variety of American cultural experiences. There are a few days in the schedule where host families will have the opportunity to spend the entire day with their students. During this time, we encourage families to bond through a variety of activities such as going to a high school football game, seeing a movie, visiting a mall, or experiencing Texas BBQ.

Host families can expect to pay approximately $200 to cover the cost of nightly meals and entertainment for 10 days.

Frequently asked questions

What are the requirements to become a host family?

Host families must have a high school age child enrolled in a Garland ISD school.

What is the expected time commitment?

Host families drop off students at approximately 8:30 a.m. each morning and pick them up at approximately 4:30 p.m. each afternoon. There are a few days in the schedule where host families have the opportunity to spend the entire day with their exchange students.

See a sample schedule.

What about the language barrier?

Most students have taken several months or more of English coursework. You shouldn’t find language to be an issue.

What are the benefits?

Host families not only learn about the Taiwanese lifestyle from exchange students, they also have the opportunity to experience it when GISD travels to Taiwan the following year.

Student travel to Taiwan

For students to be eligible to travel to Taiwan, they must first host a Taiwanese exchange student the year prior to their anticipated trip. The students travelling to Taiwan in 2019 will be those who host a Taiwanese exchange student in 2018.

Travel costs

Garland ISD students traveling to Taiwan can expect to cover the cost of their airfaire, which is approximately $900 round trip.


Donations toward hosting and travel costs are accepted. Please contact the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for more information. 


For more information, please contact the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.