Host an Exchange Student

Are you considering hosting an exchange student?

As an AFS Host Family, you will open your home to a new family member. You will share your culture, your traditions, and your version of America.  You will forever impact your exchange student's life, and your own. Through this experience you'll be contributing to public diplomacy, peace, and the growth of future global leaders.

Participants are carefully matched, and volunteers are always on hand to make sure that you and your student have the support and tools you need for a positive experience.

Share Your World by Becoming a Host Family

Each year, AFS exchanges close to 13,000 exchange students, young adults and teachers from around the world who want to experience what it’s like to live and study in another country.
In the U.S. we host more than 2,800 international high school students. The experience of studying abroad in the U.S. is unparalleled.

Why Host an AFS Exchange Participant?
  • Enrich your family’s daily life simply by sharing it with a young person from another culture and country
  • Introduce a new culture and customs to your children
  • See the U.S. and our culture through new eyes
  • Develop a lifelong connection with your hosted participant and his or her family
  • Help an outstanding young person grow into a more confident and knowledgeable adult
You can have a greater impact on international relations than you ever imagined. Host an AFS high school exchange student and help a young person learn about your America.

See Mini-Bios of Actual Students Seeking Their Host Family!

If your interested in host a student beginning this August, please click on the text below or image to the right to see a full page of students waiting to be place in our community.
Community Placed Students.

Is Hosting Right for Your Family?

Host families in the Greater Cleveland Area come in all shapes and sizes -- families with teenagers, families with younger children or and families with no kids at home.  Right now, single parent, multi-generational and gay and lesbian-headed families from Sonoma to San Jose and everywhere in between are serving as AFS host families.  For more information about what's involved in hosting, visit the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Watch more Hosting Stories!

Learn more about hosting from hosting family by selecting this section heading.


Share Your World!

To begin sharing your world and meet students coming to your area click on the above heading or the image to the right.

Or, complete an online Host Family Interest Form and a local AFS volunteer will contact you to answer any questions.