AFS-USA Host Family Handbook

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Country Specific Handbooks for Host Families

Information 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]


Host Family Tax Deduction

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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Bring the world to your home

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Our AFS international partners select young cultural ambassadors who are eager to experience life as a member of a family, school, and community in America.

Host Family Portrait

Why Host a Foreign Exchange Student?

With more than 70 years of experience and 100 years of history, AFS is a leader in international high school exchange. One thing that sets us apart from other organizations is our network of almost 4,000 volunteers in the U.S. Many of our volunteers have hosted foreign exchange students or studied abroad with AFS. These local volunteers support families, students, and schools in gaining the most from their hosting experience.

Hosting an exchange student means more than providing a bed and meals. As an AFS Host Family, you’ll welcome a new member into your home, share your everyday lives, and grow as you get to know each other and share your cultural perspectives. You’ll be surprised at how much you learn about yourself, your family, and community. Have a life-changing experience in your own home – become a host family!

And, don’t worry – we’re always here to help, 24/7. Learn more about how AFS Supports Host Families.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hosting an international exchange student can be a highly rewarding opportunity for your family. The chance to discover a different perspective than your own and to share your own culture with an international student is a daily lesson in cultural understanding. The bonds created span continents—and can last for many years to come.

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Embrace Diversity

AFS-USA embraces diversity at every level of our organization.

We are committed to creating safe and supportive intercultural learning opportunities for all high school study abroad participants, including persons with disabilities and people of all genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.

Our Initiatives

U.S. Department of State Sponsored Scholarship Programs

A select number of AFS Exchange Students receive full merit-based scholarships awarded by the U.S. Department of State. In order to come to the U.S. on these scholarships and become a member of a host family, school, and community, students engage in a highly competitive selection process in their home countries. During their year or semester here, these sponsored students participate in enrichment activities with other students to deepen their experience and learning about U.S. culture.


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program

Initiated in 1983, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program is jointly funded and managed by the U.S. and German governments. CBYX provides 350 scholarships for U.S. high school students, high school graduates in vocational fields, and young professionals for an academic year home-stay program. 360 CBYX scholarships are available for German students and young professionals to travel to the U.S. for an academic year program.

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Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program was initiated by the Department of State in the aftermath of Sept. 11. It aims to build bridges of understanding between Americans and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Scholarships are also available for American students to go abroad through the YES Abroad program.

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Future Leaders Exchange

Established in 1992, the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program strives to improve mutual understanding and develop and strengthen long-term relationships between citizens of the United States and citizens of the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and supports the exchange of high school students from 21 Eastern European and Eurasian countries to the U.S. for a year long, academic home stay experience.

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