Host Trainer Overview

Bring the world to your doorstep: become a MAST International Host Trainer

Hosting an international exchange visitor provides a mentoring opportunity for you and an experience of a lifetime for a young professional. The program is meant to be a true exchange of ideas, knowledge and culture to benefit both host trainers and participants. MAST International seeks to match qualified participants with experienced host trainers like you. Or, if you already have a trainee in mind, MAST International can assist with the visa process.

MAST International is designated by the U.S. Department of State to issue J-1 visas, a visa that allows non-U.S. citizens to have a paid internship experience in the U.S. MAST International works with country partners across the globe who help evaluate prospective applicants, assist through the visa approval appointments at the embassy, provide pre-departure orientations and may assist with travel arrangements.

Why Become a Host Trainer? 

  • Gain reliable, qualified, and motivated help for your business
  • Engage in a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and technology
  • Build global connections within your industry
  • Provide a life-changing experience for a young professional

Who Are the Trainees? 

trainees and interns

Host Trainer Expectations

Exchange visitors require time and patience from the host trainer to ensure a successful experience for everyone. A successful host is willing to train and answer questions, be culturally sensitive, and be able to guide in conflict resolution and misunderstandings. 

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  • Teach, follow, and enforce established safe working practices including protective equipment and severe weather situations. 
  • Guide the trainee's culture growth; invite them to family and community events. 
  • Provide resources for English speaking practice and conversation and educational opportunities. 
  • Learn about your trainee's culture. 

Why Choose MAST International? 

EASE: There is a simple application process to become a host trainer. MAST International coordinates all necessary paperwork for participants to apply for a J-1 visa. 

EXPERIENCE: As the oldest agriculture-related exchange program in the U.S., we have a strong reputation and a seasoned, professional staff with significant experience and training in international exchange. 

SUPPORT: MAST International staff provide ongoing support to exchange visitors and host trainers; they visit training sites and are available to answer questions or resolve conflicts should they arise. 

AFFORDABILITY: Host Trainers pay $175 for placements scheduled for 1-4 months. Placements longer than 4 months cost an additional $75 per month. Your fees allow MAST International to recruit applicants, have a placement coordinator match you with trainees, create a customized training plan for each participant, and offer J-1 visa sponsorship, U.S. Embassy assistance, and ongoing guidance and support. 

Trainee, host, and David

Nicholus from Uganda, host trainer Tammie, and program coordinator David Pratt take a selfie on a site visit.

Hosting Process 

  1. Discuss your hosting preferences with a placement coordinator. 
  2. Complete a short host trainer application. 
  3. MAST International starts the visa paperwork requiring a signature from you. 
  4. The visa paperwork is mailed to the applicant, which they take to their visa appointment at the U.S. Embassy in their home country. 
  5. The trainee arrives! If they are training for longer than 4 months, they attend an orientation in the Twin Cities.
  6. If the trainee is training for less than four months, you provide and on-site orientation. 
  7. MAST International and you monitor the trainee's training and growth. 

Want more details? Check out Host Trainer Basics here!

Have questions? Contact us at mast@umn.edu.

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