Welcoming an international student into your home is a great way to learn about a new culture and share your own culture and values. Children often enjoy being cultural ambassadors, introducing their new brother, sister and parents to local customs, traditions and national holidays. Everything from preparing meals to sightseeing are opportunities to discover and appreciate cultural and other differences.

AFS is a leading student exchange and study abroad program for secondary school students, supported and monitored by trained staff and volunteers. Since 1947, AFS has prepared young people with practical skills, knowledge and more needed to compete in a global world.

AFS has invited families to welcome international students in their homes since 1947. Long considered a key element in the success of the exchange program and the well being of exchange student, host families provide so much more than shelter and shelter and meals. 

Connection for generations

“It made a big difference in my life. And now 20 years later I am taking my kids to the States to meet my host parents. This connection continues for generations I hope.”

–Leontien Schuiling-van Bakel, AFS student from the Netherlands to USA

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