An amazing cultural journey for the entire family
Experience your world through the eyes of a young person from another country
Prepare your family to become global citizens—ready to connect with people from around the world
Help an international student learn how to live in and enjoy your culture and traditions
Who are AFS students?
Usually between 15-18 years old on arrival
Committed to actively participate in their AFS program
Considered a good student in their home country
In good general health
Curious, flexible and open-minded
What is an AFS host family?
AFS has invited families to welcome international students into their homes since 1947. Long considered a key element in the well being of exchange students, host families provide so much more than shelter and meals.
How to become an AFS host family
Learn more and apply
Learn why host families are so important to AFS programs. Our application process is thorough so we can make the best match for your family.
You've been selected
We take finding families very seriously. Although there’s no “ideal” AFS family—we have plenty of experience finding the “right” families.
Get ready to host
Meet the trained volunteers and staff who will support your family and help you learn how to make your AFS experience rewarding and fun.
Welcome your AFSer
Experience the AFSeffect with your new family member by sharing your home, your heart and your world as you take your first steps to becoming global.
An all new AFS Host Family Intercultural Learning Journey
How does AFS support host families?
Experienced local AFS volunteers and staff will prepare your family for the challenges of welcoming a new member from another country.
24 hour local emergency contact and additional support from the AFS national office is available. AFS students have medical insurance, if health care is necessary.
Trained volunteers and staff will support you throughout your hosting program, including meeting with you and your family at least once a month to make sure everything is working out.
Your support volunteers will guide your family and student through the AFS Host Family Intercultural Learning Journey activities to help make the entire experience more meaningful and lasting.
It can't be described, it has to be experienced
“There are times in a life that you cannot describe, those you simply have to experience. It’s that feeling we as parents had when someone else’s child called us mom and dad when he called us from across the world to tell us he enrolled in a university or that he has a girlfriend. These things are indescribable, and only those who experience it can understand.”
–Alisa Salopek, host mother from Serbia