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Host families needed for international exchange students


NEW YORK, New York – In an age when international relations are often tenuous, AFS-USA, a leader in international high school student exchange for 75 years, is inviting families and individuals from the Delaware-Pennsylvania-New Jersey region to become hosts for international students for 12 weeks, a semester, or an academic year.

Hosting provides individuals, families, high schools, and communities with opportunities to learn about the unfamiliar by exploring a diversity of cultures, all while sharing their own culture with a young person from a different country.

Exchange students represent nearly 80 countries and cultures, including Italy, Germany, Kenya, Ukraine, Egypt and more. They are among the more than 1,000 international AFS students hosted in the U.S. each year.

Once students and host families are matched, they receive ongoing support from trained staff and are welcomed into their local chapter of dedicated volunteers, alumni, and fellow host families. One thing that sets AFS-USA apart is the network of almost 3,000 volunteers throughout the United States.

Hosts are expected to provide their student(s) with a bed, meals and support and encouragement throughout their program. Students arrive with their own spending money and medical coverage.

To learn more about hosting an exchange student, call (800) AFS-INFO or visit afsusa.org

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