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AFS - Greater Los Angeles is part of AFS-USA (afsusa.org) which is an international, non-profit organization that each year provides thousands of American high school students the opportunity to live and study in a foreign land. Just as important, each year thousands of American families share their home by hosting a high school age student from another country around the world for a school year or semester. With tens of thousands of volunteers worldwide, AFS is the leading international exchange program in the world! (AFS Fact Sheet)

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Host With AFS in the Greater Los Angeles Area
for the '17-'18 School Year

Interested in hosting an international high school student for the 2017-2018 school year? Or, perhaps you know someone who is? Become a Global Family with AFS in the Greater Los Angles area. Open your home to the world and make a global connection: Host an AFS Exchange Student.

Each year, more than 2,300 exchange students from 90 countries come to the US on AFS programs to study in high schools and live with host families. By hosting an AFS Exchange Student in your home, you will start seeing the world differently.

Below are some students currently available for hosting in our Greater Los Angeles area. Click on a name to read their bio. NOTE:  If interested in a particular student, please contact us right away at [email protected] as some students are placed very fast!

You can see more students available in your area by visiting afsusa.org/host-family and entering your zip code.

Also, we can search for available students based on you and your family's interests. Single adults are also welcome to host. Contact us at [email protected] for more information.


How to Change the World by GLA's Own Hashir from Pakistan ('16-'17)

Watch this inspiring video made of GLA's hosted student Haishr from Pakistan ('16-'17) during his presentation as he reflects on his time in the U.S. while on his YES scholarship, sharing his experience with the prejudice that Muslims face and how he dealt with it. He shares the positive outcomes of his actions to convey to his audience an important lesson: In order to change the world, you must first change yourself. Our Area Team is so proud of him!


Local Scholarship Team Application Workshop

On December 3, 2016, the AFS Greater LA Scholarship Team held a workshop in downtown LA to help a group of low-income high school students start their applications for the adventure of their lifetimes: studying abroad for a summer, semester or year with AFS. The 27 students that attended the event today come from Los Angeles Leadership Academy, Raymond C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, Washington Preparatory HS and Marshall HS. 

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Eric's Successful 50-50 Walk-Fundraiser

by Barbara Hensleigh, GLA Scholarship Coordinator

Thanksgiving wasn’t just turkey and dressing for Eric Norris.  Eric was on a mission of thanks. Early that morning, Eric set out on a 50 hour walk. He started in Downtown Los Angeles and walked –yes walked—to Manhattan Beach.  Eric walked 100,000 steps on turkey day. And then he turned around and walked to Pasadena!  In 50 hours, Eric walked over 108 miles. He raised over $8000 for our local scholarships account!

NOTE: Eric’s donation link is still active. If you would like to express your gratitude through a donation, please go to www.crowdrise.com/50at50.

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See the World from a New Perspective.
Be an AFS Exchange Student!

Study abroad for a year, semester, summer or two weeks. Where would you like to go? Go here to explore the opportunities.

Explore the World With AFS

The YES Abroad Experience


Make The World A Better Place!
Host An AFS Exchange Student!

Host a high school exchange student in the Los Angeles area a semester or full school year. Go here then enter your zip code (down the page) to see available students! "Seeds for Peace!"

Open Your Home to an AFS Exchange Student!

Ella from Indonesia ('10-'11)'s Wonderful Year in L.A.

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