Host Family Resources in the Capital area

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Medical Plan Information:

The medical plan covers medical expenses due to injuries or illness, but does not cover routine sports physicals, preventative care, or pre-existing conditions.

Sports Physical Examinations:


Although not covered by the above-mentioned insurance, for those AFS students who may need a sports physical examination, two medical doctors have generously offered their services for this specific type of exam free of charge.  If needed, please, contact their offices directly at the telephone numbers below:

Dr. Smita Parikh Mengers in Germantown, MD at (301) 540-7496.

Dr. Craytonia Davis in Crofton, MD at (410) 721-2273.  Please, ask for Shirl or Teresa.

Travelling internationally with your AFS exchange student currently being hosted in the U.S.A.:


If your plan to travel internationally with your exchange student, the student will NOT be able to re-enter the U.S.A. unless the DC-2019 is first countersigned by AFS.  You or your student must send the student's DS-2019 (the white paper that came with the student's J-1 Visa) to the AFS offices in New York.  You should make a photocopy of the document for your own records and then send the original document along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

Rachel Brocato
AFS-USA National Headquarters
120 Wall Street, 4th. Floor
New York, NY 10005

Make sure to send the document far in advance to ensure enough time for mailing in both directions and processing.

You must also check with the embassy of the country(ies) you plan to visit to verify if the student needs a visa.  As an example, Brazilian students require a visa to enter Canada.