Host Family Resources
- New and experienced AFS Host Families can find helpful information on the AFSWiki site. A user account is not required to access most information on AFSWiki, but it may be needed to view certain secured areas.
- Request an AFSWiki Account
Host Family Handbooks:
- Host Family Handbook (general)
- Host Family Handbook - Austria
- Host Family Handbook - Egypt
- Host Family Handbook - Germany
- Host Family Handbook - Ghana
- Host Family Handbook - India
- Host Family Handbook - Indonesia
- Host Family Handbook - Thailand
- Host Family Handbook - Turkey
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, it is suggested that students go to a medical clinic inside one of the well-known pharmacies as they generally provide a reasonable cost.
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:
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.