About Us

Established in 1981, ANDEO is a non-profit organization that specializes in international homestay programs.

Our mission: Our mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding and friendship through international homestays and educational programs. We offer support for language teachers, homestays abroad for school groups and individual students, and short-term hosting opportunities throughout the year.

From our office in Portland, Oregon, our international network of homestay participants, programs, and coordinators spans the globe. The heart of all our programs is a homestay with a welcoming family. All of our staff have participated in homestay programs. We know from personal homestay experiences and from more than 30 years of professional experience that home is the best place to share cultures, deepen language understanding and make lifelong friends.

Our international network of homestay coordinators shares our commitment to exceptional homestay experiences. Together we work closely to develop, implement, and refine every program we offer. The result is an extraordinary level of quality and support.

We are often asked, "What does ANDEO mean?" ANDEO (pronounced Ahn-DAY-oh) is not a word we took from another language or an acronym, but a word that is easy to pronounce in any language. The question, therefore, is not what our name means, but what it conveys: sharing, communication, and cross-cultural understanding. Our name is a way of making communication between people from different places and cultures in our network a little easier. For the thousands of students and families who have participated in our programs, "ANDEO" has come to mean the homestay experience of a lifetime!

We hope you will join us as we continue to bring people together to share their cultures and languages through homestays. We invite you to add "ANDEO" to your vocabulary!

A note about inclusion: We are committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all our employment and educational programs. We do not discriminate based on race; national or ethnic origin; color; sex; religion; age; sexual orientation; gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; familial status; economic status or source of income; mental or physical disability or perceived disability; or military service.