Host Family: A lifelong friendship begins-welcome an AFS Exchange Student into your family


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


N/AOakland, CA 94601


By hosting an AFS Exchange Student in your home, you will start seeing the world differently.

As a leader in international high school exchange for more than 65 years, AFS differs from many other exchange organizations. Among the most important distinctions is that AFS has a network of thousands of volunteers in the US, many of whom have hosted themselves or studied abroad with AFS. These local volunteers support families, students, and schools in gaining the most from the hosting experience.

Hosting an international student means more than providing a bed and meals. As an AFS Host Family, you’ll welcome a new member into your home, share your everyday lives, and grow as you get to know one another. You’ll be surprised at how much you learn about yourself, your family and community by hosting a student from another culture. Have a life-changing experience in your own home.

As a host family, you will provide your student with:

  1. The opportunity to participate in your family’s daily lives and events
  2. The same care, support, and comfort you would another member of your family
  3. A bed, not convertible or inflatable in nature; sharing a room with a sibling of the same gender close in age is fine
  4. Three quality meals, including lunches and meals eaten as a family in restaurants

More information:

AFS SF Bay Area International Students to host:


Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training

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