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Youth For Understanding USA (YFU)

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Become a part of an active volunteer community that spans the entire US as well as 70+ countries around the world with Youth For Understanding (YFU). Volunteers work with international teenagers and their host families, ensuring a safe and educational exchange experience for all. As a YFU volunteer, you’ll impact the lives of students, their host families and increase cultural diversity in your own community! Some volunteer opportunities include:

  • Mentoring and providing ongoing support to international students and host families;
  • Interviewing prospective exchange students and host families
  • Conducting orientations;
  • Aiding in community outreach and;
  • Providing administrative support.

Join like-minded volunteers across the country and become a part of one of the oldest and most respected programs in international student exchange. YFU volunteers change the lives of students and help to change the world.

YFU also has other ways to get involved. Host an exchange student in your home or reconnect if you are a YFU alumnus. Contact YFU USA at 866.4.YFU.USA (866.493.8872).

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Your Community - NationwideField staff throughout the United StatesNational: 6856 Eastern AveWashington, DC 20012






  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Varies. Average 2-3+ hours per month
  • Pass online course regarding J1 Visa Regulations

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