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Youth For Understanding USA (YFU)

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.

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About Youth For Understanding USA (YFU)


National Office, 6856 Eastern Ave #310, Washington, DC 20012, US

Mission Statement

Youth For Understanding (YFU) advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. Learn more about YFU's Values! YFU USA is nationwide with volunteer opportunities across the country.


A non-profit international educational organization with partners in more than 60 different countries, Youth For Understanding is one of the world’s oldest, largest and most respected intercultural exchange programs. More than 250,000 students and their host families have benefited from the support and expertise of YFU. The YFU global network is united by the belief that full cultural immersion is the most effective means to gain the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly multicultural, interconnected and competitive global society.

YFU USA helps provide opportunities for students by working in partnership with governments, corporations, foundations, schools and educators worldwide. Through creating global learning opportunities, YFU promotes international understanding and world peace. YFU has been selected to administer more government and corporate scholarships than any other high school exchange organization.

YFU is different from other intercultural exchange organizations because of our thorough preparation and program support that’s backed by a global team of volunteers, many of whom have been exchange students or host parents themselves. From the moment you become a part of the YFU family, we’re with you every step of the way. Thousands of parents across the globe trust YFU with their teenagers every year, and thousands of students every year choose YFU to help them discover their inner selves.


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Opportunities available nationwide!Washington, DC 20001


  • Youth Services
  • Mentoring
  • Community Outreach
  • Group Facilitation




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

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