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Bring Exchange Students to your Community in Maine

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Introduce families to the benefits of hosting an exchange student and encourage them to open their doors.

Inspire cultural diversity and tolerance within your community. In this role, you’ll help make it possible for more than 2,300 international students from 90 countries to come to the U.S. each year and live with local host families. This life-changing experience for students and families enriches our communities by encouraging diversity and dialogue in a uniquely personal way.

Our goal is to find loving families to open their hearts and their homes to AFS Exchange Students. There is no typical AFS Host Family; they reflect the vast diversity of the U.S. with regards to culture, class, race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. With your help, we can encourage families in your area to share their daily lives with teenagers from every corner of the globe, thereby increasing cultural understanding and acceptance.

By volunteering with AFS, you can help bring the world into your community. Join us as we work to create bridges across cultures and spread the message of peace through understanding.

What's Involved
  • Represent AFS in your community by speaking at schools and local events
  • Reach out to local families and encourage them to host an exchange student
  • Attend AFS events to meet current volunteers, host families, and students
  • Introduce new ideas for outreach and awareness-building
  • Share your hosting experience through webinars and in-person events
  • Share your stories, photos, and videos on social media
You’re a good fit if you’re interested in...
  • Networking and meeting new people
  • Learning about different cultures
  • Supporting international education
  • Communications and promotion
  • Creative-thinking and problem-solving

If you have questions about volunteer opportunities in Maine with AFS-USA, read our frequently asked questions https://www.afsusa.org/volunteer-with-afs/faq/, or contact Nathan Dyer, Dirigo Area Team Chair by emailing nathantdyer@gmail.com.

If you are not from Maine, but interested in getting involved, visit https://www.afsusa.org/volunteer-with-afs/ to be put in touch with a local representative from your area.

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Mission Statement

AFS-USA empowers people to become globally engaged citizens by delivering meaningful intercultural experiences that provide the knowledge and skills needed to help create a more just and peaceful world.


AFS programs foster transformation that lasts a lifetime. Today’s exchange students are tomorrow’s changemakers: diplomats; thought leaders; influencers in the international business and non-profit communities. Every new exchange student is another global citizen in progress-an individual primed to help build a more just and peaceful world.

AFS-USA honors the legacy of its founders-volunteer WWI and WWII American Field Service ambulance drivers-who emerged from the wars with a bold mission: to help prevent future conflict through cultural exchange and understanding.

As a partner in the global AFS network, AFS-USA offers international exchange and education opportunities in over 45 countries and hosts exchange students from 90 countries. True to the spirit of our founders, these intercultural programs are made possible by the dedicated work of AFS Volunteers-more than 4,400 in the U.S. and over 50,000 worldwide.

Our diverse study abroad programs vary in length from a year to a few weeks and cover timely and timeless topics such as sustainability and language learning. What every program has in common is a commitment to fostering intercultural and global competence in our students, host families, schools, and communities. This cultural exchange helps us come together, across typical divides, to make a more peaceful and just world. That’s the #AFSEffect.

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We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Community Outreach
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-5 hours per month

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