Host Family for a U.S Department of State Sponsored High School Exchange Student


About the organization

With 75 years of experience and 100 years of history, AFS is a leader in international high school exchange. One thing that sets us apart is our network of almost 3,000 volunteers throughout the U.S. Many of our volunteers have hosted international exchange students or studied abroad with AFS. These local volunteers support families, students, and schools in gaining the most from their hosting experience.

AFS-USA is proud to host students who are supported through grants funded by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The Sponsored Program students have gone through a rigorous selection process and come from countries of strategic importance to the United States. Students serve as youth ambassadors with the goal of promoting peace through intercultural understanding, and participate in volunteer and enrichment activities in their host communities.


Host family requirements include providing your student with the following:

- The opportunity to participate in your family’s daily lives and events

- The same care, support, and comfort you would another member of your family

- A bed, not convertible or inflatable in nature; sharing a room with a sibling of the same gender close in age is fine

- Three quality meals each day, including lunches and meals eaten as a family in restaurants


All types of families are encouraged to apply; there is no “typical” AFS Host Family. Families can have small or teenage children at home, be empty nesters with adult children, or be couples with no children. Single adults, single parents, and members of the LGBTQTIA+ community are also welcome. While there are basic host family requirements, families shouldn’t worry about being too busy – AFS provides a great support network of volunteers who arrange activities for the exchange students; however, the more opportunity the AFS Exchange Student has to experience your life, the better!



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

The three ECA programs AFS-USA supports are:

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES)

Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX)

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)

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