Would you recommend Youth For Understanding USA (YFU)?
With my previous work experience I consider myself able to play the role of volunteer in various ways. Able to play a special role in ensuring that it contributes to disaster risk management efforts
Client relations strength
Loading and unloading
Labeling and boxing
Assembly and production
Purchase order verification
Shipping and receiving
Order picking and processing
Lifting and sorting
Completing training to prepare yourself to lead and participate in disaster risk planning and disaster management teams
To play an effective role by acquiring knowledge through training in giving and receiving instructions for preparedness and personal protection.
To keep oneself physically and mentally fit to provide adequate support to members of vulnerable communities.
Able to work with team members to collect and distribute water, food and supplies in
There was only one person out of the huge network of YFU that ever gave any real support. Luckily, she was wonderful. The others promised everything in the beginning but then, once the child was placed, became unresponsive at best and rude at worst. Also, the medical insurance coverage is greatly misrepresented, which created extremely stressful situations. The number of kids "rehomed" was surprising and makes me wonder what kind of matching they actually do. I would not host again, which is sad because I think it's a great idea -- I should say I wouldn't host through YFU again.
They promise tons of support but 0 was provided
Not very pro-active in their response to volunteers. I received inital phone call and returned it but then no further response. Concerned that they should ask for such detailed information including contact info for personal references and not follow up.
Great, helpful organization
I believe that this would be such a great opportunity to get my friends and family to get involved with the community.
I think the organization and the children should be screened a little bit better .
Good program for expanding opportunities to other people around the world. But might be a large responsibility
It has many options for many topics so you can choose the cause that you believe in and also matches your skills
I had just found out about the foundation not too long ago.
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.
Actually, we are looking for host families in Tampa. It's better to be near Cambridge Christian School. If you know any information, please contact us. (407) 493 2481
I went on high school exchange with YFU in 2001. This was an amazing year and the fun continued even after returning to the US-- I have been able to spend the last 10 years volunteering with YFU in Missouri, Oklahoma and now Texas! I have met so many amazing volunteers, host families and exchange students through this organization and I would encourage anyone to become a part of the YFU family!
Bringing a Chinese exchange student into our family this year has led to many fascinating conversations about food, family, school, and travel. Through fun monthly activities with YFU we have met exchange students from around the world and amazing volunteer families who are part of our new cross-cultural community!
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!
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!