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Host an AFS Exchange Student

Original post made by Pam Wong, Charleston Gardens, on Jun 17, 2014

My name is Pam Wong. I volunteer with AFS Intercultural Programs.

Each year, AFS welcomes more than 2,300 international high school students to the US. These are outstanding young people who were selected in their home countries to study in US high schools and are eager to experience what it's like to live in America.

Would you consider welcoming the world into your home? Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience and is a wonderful way for you and your family to bring more understanding into the world. Local AFS Volunteers like me will support you and your hosted student throughout your experience to help you both receive the most from your time together. You provide a bed and meals for your student, but most importantly, you should be eager and excited to share your life and activities while providing the same kind of care, support, and comfort as you would to your own child or family members.

AFS welcomes all kinds of families. Host an AFS Exchange Student and build bridges of intercultural understanding. It's a gift you'll both give and receive. Most families have no idea how much they'll gain until they say yes! Meet the students coming to your area, or call 1-800-AFS-INFO ext 3315 or email Sophie Gardner at for more information.

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Posted by Really??
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 18, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Most of these kids come from wealthy families or were able to get cheap government loans from their home countries to provide for their college years. That includes tuition, food, housing, transportation, etc.

The only thing they really need from any of us is some mentoring.

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