Host an Exchange Student from Another Country!

Did you know that the world can fit into your home? You could find out by hosting an AFS participant from one of more than 60 AFS countries!

AFS host families are people who care about youth, education and the future. Some have teenagers, others have young children or children who have already left home, or no children at all. Some host parents are married. Some are single.

AFS families live on farms, in small towns, in suburbs and in city apartments. They are of all races and nationalities. They are people who are willing to take time to share with a new son or daughter.

AFS families receive no pay; getting a new son or daughter is the reward! Hosting creates a lifetime friendship with another person – and often – with another family in a different part of the world. Hosts also benefit from friendships with people who have an international perspective and by participating in AFS activities with them.

Host a Sponsored Program Student

AFS-USA, in partnership with the US State Department in providing full merit-based scholarships to a select number of AFS foreign exchange students. In order to come to the U.S. on these scholarships and become a member of a family, school, and community, these students engage in a highly competitive selection process in their home countries. The Department of State sponsored programs consist of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program and the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. YES and FLEX students receive a monthly stipend, as well as a stipend for incidentals. They also participate in 6-8 enrichment activities with other students during their exchange to deepen their experience and learning.

What Students Are Available?

A list of available for our Greater Los Angeles area can be seen on the AFS-USA website via this link:  Scroll down the page where you can enter your zip code and you will be presented with list of currently available students for our area.

To learn more about any particular student or becoming a host family go here or phone AFS at 1-800-AFS-INFO. Optionally,  Contact Us.