Families recruited for exchange students
AFS Intercultural Programs, a leader in international high school student exchange for more than 60-years, is looking for families to host one of 115 foreign exchange students, who will arrive in the Pacific Northwest this August.
The international students, from more than 90 countries across the globe, will attend a local high school, reside with a host family and discover life in the United States.
By hosting an AFS student, families build bridges of intercultural understanding, while connecting with an outstanding young person and sharing community.
“I thought that the best part of hosting would be experiencing new countries and cultures, which has definitely happened. I was surprised to find that the best part has actually been experiencing the gratefulness and love that these kids brought into our lives,” said Kelly Hanson, local host mom to six AFS students. “They truly become part of the family.”
Host families, which will receive ongoing support from AFS staff and experienced local volunteers, will provide a bed, meals, and share their daily lives with students, as they would with their own children. According to AFS, there is no “typical” host family.
For more information on how to become a host family, visit afsusa.org.