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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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Average Review 17 reviews

Would you recommend Youth For Understanding USA (YFU)?

by Bersh M. (November 7, 2015)
I had just found out about the foundation not too long ago.
by EMMANUEL S. (April 4, 2015)
Your mission sounds highly motivating,and I believe any agency that helps educate children around the world stands to empower children who are preparing to be tomorrow's leaders.
by Carmalee S. (June 4, 2012)
Hosting an exchange student is a wonderful experience for your whole family! You learn about the world in a new way. All kinds of families host, couples, singles, families with kids, folks with no children, empty nesters, senior citizens. I personally know host parents from age 25 to 78 and host siblings from babies to adults. Our sixth exchange student, a daughter from Indonesia, will be leaving June 26th. Exchange students are extraordinary young people! If you aren't in a position to be a host family there are lots of other volunteer positions. Check us out!
by Katiana Y. (June 4, 2012)
YFU is amazing. I've thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with this organization -- it's full of thoughtful, considerate people who truly care about the kids and families involved. I would absolutely recommend this organization not only to volunteers, but also to hopeful hosts or teenagers considering spending time abroad. Don't be afraid to contact them and ask for information!