Become a host family for exchange students

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in Uncategorized

Published on July 20, 2011 with No Comments

Host families are being sought in and around Valparaiso by the AFS exchange student program.

Each year, AFS Intercultural Programs/USA, a leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years, welcomes 2,500 high school students from more than 90 countries into communities like Valparaiso. These students are eager to attend a local high school, live with a host family and discover what America is all about.

AFS-USA is always looking for supportive host families. By hosting an AFS Exchange Student, you and your family will help build bridges of intercultural understanding at home and abroad while connecting with an outstanding young person.

“Hosting Martin was a life changing event for our family,” said host mother Dawn Fuchs. “His incentive to also “share” what he has learned with his own country and community has also had a transforming effect on us, his American family. We have also been given “new eyes to see” the world! The gratitude goes both ways.”

Host families provide a bed and meals, share their daily lives with students, and help guide and support students as they would their own children. Families and their hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS Staff and experienced, local volunteers.

For more information about how to host a student, study abroad, or volunteer with AFS, call 800-876-2377 or visit www.afsusa.org.

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