Become a global family, host an exchange student

Posted February 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Open your home to the world and make a global connection by hosting an AFS Exchange Student. AFS, a worldwide, nonprofit organization, has been leading international high school student exchanges 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 high school students from more than 90 countries who come to study in US high schools and live with host families in communities big and small. More than 5,000 volunteers in the US make the work of AFS possible.

Many area families have opened their homes and shared their lives with an AFS exchange student. Most of them have had wonderful experiences, adopted a new life-long family member, and have enjoyed contributing to intercultural understanding and world peace. Others have had the opportunity to travel and visit their students in far away country where the natural families have treated them royally. It has also been a pleasure to see some families host over and over again because of their many positive experiences.

AFS-USA is 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. Families and their hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS Staff and experienced, local volunteers, and the opportunity to connect with an outstanding young person eager to learn about America.

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.

Now is the time to consider applying to host an AFS student for the 2013-14 school year. It is not only a wonderful experience for the host family and foreign students, but also a great opportunity for the students in our schools to be exposed to other cultures. Biographies of students coming to the US will soon be released.

For more information, visit, or contact local volunteers Sheryl Robinson at 605-472-0924 or Le Ann Wasmoen at 605-472-2214.