Host a Student in Virginia

To meet students that are currently looking for a placement with a host family for fall 2018 click here.

Learn more about hosting a foreign exchange student through AFS.

Each year, AFS Intercultural Programs welcomes more than 2,300 international high school students to the US. These are outstanding young people who were selected in their home countries to study in US high schools and are eager to experience what it's like to live in America. Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience and is a wonderful way for you and your family to bring more understanding into the world.

To learn more about this wonderful opportunity for your family and read testimonials from families around the country, check out the AFS USA prospective host family information page.

If you're interested in hearing more about hosting a student and taking the first steps towards opening your home, please fill out this interest form.

If you have any questions about hosting in Virginia, please contact Alexandra Klaff at

Read the stories below for stories from current and former host families in VIrginia and the students they've hosted!

Paul, student from Hong Kong - " was one of the best years of my life and I couldn't be more proud to be an exchange student in the United States!"

Susan, Host. -  "It was blissful, exhausting, at times stressful, and crazy, but I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of it." Read more

Ine, student from Belgium- "I have found my second home here and it will be really hard to leave everyone behind. I wish I could clone myself and stay at both places." Read More