• 8 reasons having a host son is the absolute best

    August 23, 2016 - Hosting an international exchange student is a great way to learn about another culture, but it's also a whole bunch of fun!

  • Just Being a Family... with an Exchange Student

    August 16, 2016 - Here's what a few new host parents have to say about their family's decision to host for the first time.

  • Meet 11 teenage exchange students from Germany!

    August 9, 2016 - Introducing our “starting lineup” of AFS Exchange Students from Germany! These young men and women are coming to the U.S. to begin their exchange year.

  • 4 Ways to Experience Brazilian Culture during the Rio Olympics

    August 5, 2016 - As you watch the games in Rio de Janeiro, here are some other ways you can soak up Brazilian art, music, and cuisine without leaving home.

  • 7 International Recipes to Try this Summer

    July 15, 2016 - Trying new food is a great way to experience another culture. Have you ever wondered what "comfort food" is like in China?

  • Easy ways to accommodate your gluten-free exchange student

    June 13, 2016 - When you host an international exchange student with AFS, your family has the chance to try lots of new ingredients and ways of preparing them.

  • Becoming "Mom and Dad" to an exchange student from Turkey

    June 13, 2016 - Through international student exchange, people from different cultures come together to discover what they have in common and celebrate how they're unique.

  • What It’s Like to Host an Exchange Student from the Middle East

    June 3, 2016 - For James and Karen Graham, hosting an international exchange student has been a way to explore new cultures and make a positive impact.

  • 7 things that make Chinese culture unique: A guide for host families

    June 3, 2016 - To help you get to know your Chinese exchange student, we've compiled a list of 7 everyday practices that are common in China.

  • A Spotlight on the Reel Life Contest President’s Award Winners

    June 1, 2016 - The Dordal/Boyd family and Gamze from Turkey had their video chosen as the highest quality submission of the AFS Reel Life Host Family Contest.

  • A Spotlight on the Reel Life Grand Prize Winners

    May 20, 2016 - Find out what the Williams family—the winners of this year’s Grand Prize—have to say about their unique experience hosting Andre, a high schooler from Brazil.

  • Congratulations to the Winners of the 2016 Reel Life Contest!

    May 12, 2016 - The results are in! We're happy to announce the Grand Prize winner and the President's Award winner of the Reel Life Contest.

  • Photography tips for your Reel Life entry

    March 28, 2016 - Looking for more pointers on how to create an awesome photo submission for the Reel Life contest? Then you're in luck!

  • 3 tips for your AFS Reel Life submission

    March 22, 2016 – Focus on a favorite moment from your AFS hosting experience by drawing inspiration from last year’s contest winners, the Cagle family.

  • For Valentine's Day, AFS travels the world to celebrate love

    February 14, 2016 - AFS exchanges prove that love can cross the globe and span generations. For Valentine’s Day, we’re indulging in some of the most inspiring AFS love stories.

  • Welcome one of these teenage scholars from Malaysia

    December 22, 2015 - These Malaysian high school students are eager to introduce themselves to you.

  • 3 Commonly-Asked Questions About Hosting Exchange Students... Answered

    September 1, 2015 - When people hear that our family hosts exchange students, we tend to get a lot of the same questions.

  • 19 Simple Activities to Engage Your International Visitor

    August 18, 2015 - Whether you’re hosting a high school exchange student or your relatives are visiting the United States from abroad, these activities are sure to break the ice.

  • Share your America with an Exchange Student this Fall

    July 24, 2015 - Introduce your hometown traditions to a high school exchange student coming to the U.S. for the fall semester.

  • AFS Welcome Families make a world of difference

    July 21, 2015 - Learn about hosting an exchange student for a few weeks as an AFS welcome family.

  • Emotions and Fulfillment Run High at AFS Departure Day

    July 13, 2015 - Every summer, we have to say goodbye to our 2,000+ international AFS exchange students. View photos from this emotional event and see signs of exchange's impact.

  • Celebrating Father’s Day: 11 Unique Traditions from Around the World

    June 9, 2015 – Father’s Day is celebrated all over the globe. While a BBQ in late June is a popular way to honor fathers in the United States, customs and timings vary by country.

  • 7 Ways that AFSers Celebrate Cultural Diversity

    May 26, 2015 | We recently asked members of the AFS community to tell us how they celebrate cultural diversity and promote global awareness.

  • 6 Words Exchange Students Use to Describe their Host Moms

    May 9, 2015 - AFS exchange students from around the world explain how a perfect stranger became "Mom."

  • AFS Exchange Students Bring Culture, Siblings to Only Child

    August 15, 2014 - Becoming involved with AFS since 2000 has been wonderful and probably in my experience, as a host sister, one of the best things my family has ever decided to do.

  • A host sister's perspective - Gaining a sister and an open mind

    My family's experience hosting a foreign exchange student has helped shape who I am today.

  • The Benefits of Hosting

    Hosting has been a wonderful way to enrich our family's lives. We now have stamps in our passports from Greece, Peru, Ghana, Sardinia, Germany, and France.

  • A once-in-a-lifetime experience

    The exchange experience has made a positive impact that will last a lifetime for all of us.

  • Global family; lifetime of hosting starts with "Welcome"

    We have gotten to know many wonderful young people, families and volunteers through our affiliations with AFS. Looking forward to traveling and visiting a lot of the young people.

  • How hosting an exchange student kept me sane after study abroad

    February 24, 2015 - After 10 months in Indonesia, a study abroad returnee discovers a powerful way to ease her transition back into American life.

  • The More Holidays the Merrier!

    December 9, 2014 - For one AFS host family, celebrating both U.S. and Thai holidays makes this time of year more festive than ever.

  • A Lifetime of Intercultural Exchange

    September 23, 2014 - Hosting an exchange student does more than impact your family's year; It can alter the course of your lives forever.

  • 4 Families Share their Words of Wisdom

    August 29, 2014 - AFS Host Families give advice to those new to hosting.

  • 10 Ways a Teenager from Abroad Changed Our lives

    August 5, 2014 - There are infinite ways that hosting an exchange student can change your life for the better. Here are 10 of our favorites.

  • AFS Family Crosses Globe, Generations

    August 1, 2014 - AFS truly makes the world a smaller place...We all told Samuel that there was no denying that he was right where he was supposed to be.

  • The World Outside Your Newsfeed

    July 28, 2014 - Is there a limit to how much the internet can teach us - and our kids - about the world?

  • Lifelong Impact Goes Both Ways

    July 24, 2014 - One Pennsylvania family talks about their experience hosting two Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study students.

  • How Our Child Fell in Love with 2 Teenagers from Abroad

    July 23, 2014 - Hosting Exchange Students gave our daughter, Hanna, something we've always wanted for her - a brother and sister.

  • The AFS Experience Described in a Word

    July 14, 2014 - A few AFS Exchange Students give meaning to their AFS year before they leave the US.

  • "Dear Potential Host Family..."

    July 10, 2014 - Shortly before returning home to Italy, AFS Exchange Student, Valeria, composed a letter to potential U.S. host families.

  • My host family was...

    July 2, 2014 - AFS Exchange Students from around the world choose one word to describe their US host families.

  • Far Fewer than Six Degrees of Separation

    June 24, 2014 - On a trip to Italy, U.S. Host Parents Gayle and Randy discover what a small world it can be when you're part of the AFS community.

  • 15 Reasons We Think Dads Are Really Superheroes in Disguise

    June 13, 2014 - We all secretly want to believe that superheroes are real. Here's why we suspect many are just disguised as dads and host dads.

  • Double the Culture, Double the Fun

    June 5, 2014 - Host families can host two students at a time. Some decide hosting two is better than one and find the hosting experience is even more rewarding.

  • Hosting for a Semester

    June 4, 2014 - Host families have the option to host a semester student arriving in August and departing in January.

  • How Does Hosting Impact Families?

    May 30, 2014 - Former host families in northwest Ohio reflect on how hosting AFS Exchange Students transformed them.

  • Hanna gets a big sister and brother!

    May 1, 2014 - The Walters family gives their natural daughter the gift of siblings by hosting exchange students from Germany and Italy.

  • AFS Exchange Transforms African and American Lives

    April 11, 2014 - Martin’s incentive to also “share” what he has learned with his own country and community has also had a transforming effect on us, his American family.

  • You think English is easy?

    April 3, 2014 - One host mom analyzes the English language and reflects on how her host daughter struggled with its quirks.

  • 13 Reasons Our Exchange Student Thinks Our Family is Crazy

    March 19, 2014 - We're all a little bit crazy. Here's what those quirky habits, odd rituals and funny family traditions look like through the eyes of a foreign exchange student!

  • It's Host Family Appreciation Month!

    March 6, 2014 - This month, we're telling AFS host families how grateful we are for the generosity, kindness and commitment. Here's how you can, too!

  • Brrr Celsius

    January 24, 2014 - As Ratu entered the car this morning, Anee from the back seat said “Ratu – what temperature is it???” To which I swore I heard Ratu reply “It’s Brrr Celsius!”

  • Lunchable?

    January 17, 2014 - Cultural misunderstandings can be enlightening experiences that shed light for both the student and family, as one mom explains.

  • Hosting Impacts Career Path of Host Sister

    January 16, 2014 - A host sister reflects on how having a student from Greenland in her home when she was 13 later impacted her career decisions and life.

  • Whirlwind of a Year

    January 15, 2014 - One host family keeps in touch with their Italian daughter over the years and miles.