By being a welcome family, you are contributing to intercultural understanding and helping an international student have a wonderful start to their exchange in America.

A welcome family:

  • Provides a home and a warm welcome for a student for approximately 6-12 weeks while AFS-USA works to identify a permanent home for the student in the same community.
  • Gives their student a great start by letting him or her settle into the community, begin school, and get acclimated to American ways of life.
  • Is also a good option if your family has other obligations during the year, or simply wants to try out the hosting experience short-term.