Become a Global Family with AFS-USA

Open your home to the world and make a global connection: Host an AFS Exchange Student.
Each year, AFS Intercultural Programs/USA, a leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years, welcomes 2,500 high school students from more than 90 countries into communities like . These students are eager to attend a local high school, live with a host family and discover what America is all about.
AFS-USA is always looking for supportive host families. By hosting an AFS Exchange Student, you and your family will help build bridges of intercultural understanding at home and abroad while connecting with an outstanding young person.
“Having an exchange student become a part of our family this year was so much fun! We shared special Swiss Christmas customs (cinnamon star cookies and leckerli-yum!) and learned about different clothing styles and music. Melanie was also an excellent student and made many friends,” said Carolyn Barth, a local host parent from Dallas.
Host families provide a bed and meals, share their daily lives with students, and help guide and support students as they would their own children. Families and their hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS Staff and experienced, local volunteers.
For more information about how to host a student, study abroad, or volunteer with AFS, call Anne Hoolihan at 1-800-876-2377 ext 2909 or visit

About AFS
AFS, a worldwide, nonprofit organization, has been leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years. Each year, AFS-USA sends more than 1,100 US students abroad, provides approximately $3 million in scholarships and financial aid, and welcomes 2,500 international high school students who come to study in US high schools and live with host families. More than 5,000 volunteers in the US make the work of AFS possible.