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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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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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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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