AFS-USA Host Family Handbook

The Host Family Handbook: A Self-Directed Guide

The AFS Host Family Handbook has been written to guide you and your family through the AFS hosting experience.

The handbook includes:

  • The key elements of an AFS exchange
  • Practical information on helping your hosted participant to adjust
  • Essential information on rules and procedures related to participant travel, medical concerns,
    school registration, and miscellaneous expenses
  • Suggestions on how to cope with the cultural differences
  • Guidance on how to handle cultural misunderstandings or miscommunications
  • Advice about hosting from experienced host families [Note:

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Host Family Tax Deductions

Host families may claim a tax deduction of $50 per calendar month (15 days or more) for the time period in which you hosted your AFS student. This amount should be included on Schedule A of your Federal Income Tax return under Charitable Contributions, “Deductions other than cash” naming AFS-USA, Inc. and annotating the entry “Sec. 170(g) deduction”. This deduction only applies to those families who itemize rather than using the Standard Deduction.

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YES Host Families Resources

Special resources for AFS Families hosting students through the YES Program

Resources for Hosted Students

AFS uses the services of a third party administrator, GMMI, to review and process medical claims. Claim forms need to be printed, signed, and then scanned and mailed/emailed to GMMI. All medical bills should be submitted to them for payment unless otherwise instructed.

Using a service provider who is in the GMMI network can help host families and/or volunteers avoid requests for payment up-front. This is also beneficial in expediting payment and avoiding balance billing (see below for more on balance billing).

To locate a network provider in your area:

  1.     Go to the GMMI website.
  2.     Log in using the Username: AFS and Password: AFS
  3.     Scroll to the bottom to find the button for the Provider Search.

To find a Provider:

  1. enter a provider name to find out if s/he is in the network
  2. enter the your city and state or zip code to find a list of network providers in your area
  3. search providers by specialty

Tracking claims with GMMI

The address of GMMI is:

Global Medical Management Inc. (GMMI)
880 SW 145th Avenue, Suite 400
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027, USA

Phone No. (888) 444-7773 (OK to call 24 hrs/day, 7 days/wk)
Fax No. 1-954-370-8130
Email: [email protected]