Why host a student
Hosting Opportunities In 2014
Students from around the world have completed a rigorous selection process, and are excitedly preparing for their year, semester, or summer abroad. Now is the time for families who are thinking about hosting to gather information and begin the application process.
To find out more about hosting an AFS student, email our Silver and Gold Hosting Coordinator, Carol McCaulley at firstname.lastname@example.org . Or, fill out an online Host Family Interest Form and a local AFS volunteer will contact you to answer your questions.
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
Share Your World By Becoming A Host Family
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 student's life, and your own.
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.
Is hosting right for your family?
Host families in the Silver and Gold Area come in all shapes and sizes -- families with teenagers, families with younger children or families with no kids at home. Right now, single parent, multi-generational and gay and lesbian-headed families from Rio Vista to Reno 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.
Who are the students?
AFS students come from more than 50 countries around the world. After you and your family complete the application process, a Silver and Gold volunteer will share profiles and photos of prospective students with you, so that you can identify someone who might be a good fit for your family's lifestyle.
We also offer special hosting opportunities through three sponsored programs:
Youth Exchange and Study (YES) provides scholarships for students from countries with large Muslim populations
Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) brings students from former Soviet republics to the U.S.
Congress Bundestag (CBYX) provides scholarships for students from Germany