Share Your Traditions! Host a YFU Exchange Student (Nationwide)


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Opportunities available nationwide!Washington, DC 20001
Open Minds & Hearts


Join an international family when you open your home and heart to a Youth For Understanding (YFU) exchange student. YFU host families share their traditions, holidays, and customs with their international student, offering their own unique version of the American experience. As a YFU Host Family, be prepared to enhance global understanding, increase cultural awareness, gain a lifetime of memories and a new family member for life. YFU students are arriving soon from 70+ countries and speak English, have their own spending money and insurance and are carefully selected based on academics and recommendations. YFU welcomes families of all backgrounds, whether you have young children in the home, are a same-sex couple, or are an empty nester. However your family is made, our students look forward to meeting you. YFU is here to support your family every step of the way with group orientations, trained and dedicated local volunteers and 24-hour professional support staff. With 65 years of experience, students and families around the world trust YFU because of our reputation for quality, high safety standards, and strong support network. This opportunity is available to families nationwide. Join the vibrant YFU community and click "I want to help" to learn more about this great family volunteer opportunity.


  • Youth Services
  • Mentoring
  • Community Outreach
  • Group Facilitation

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • One parent must be at least 25 years old.

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