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Become a Global Family with AFS-USA

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  • Top row from left: Aaron Christ (Germany), Emilia Silvola (Finland), Giulia Cattivelli (Italy), Johanna Matthiesen (Germany), Davide Ravaglia (Italy), Tshepho Masekela (South Africa), Front Row from left: Haley Slopecki (host sister), Jessie Tan (China), Rusol Saleh (Bahrain), Guilherme Cardoso (Brasil), Kim Plorin (Germany), and Johathan Wiedenhofer (Austria). This was taken on Jan. 20 when the students went to the DuSable Museum in Chicago to learn about Martin Luther King Jr.

      Top row from left: Aaron Christ (Germany), Emilia Silvola (Finland), Giulia Cattivelli (Italy), Johanna Matthiesen (Germany), Davide Ravaglia (Italy), Tshepho Masekela (South Africa), Front Row from left: Haley Slopecki (host sister), Jessie Tan (China), Rusol Saleh (Bahrain), Guilherme Cardoso (Brasil), Kim Plorin (Germany), and Johathan Wiedenhofer (Austria). This was taken on Jan. 20 when the students went to the DuSable Museum in Chicago to learn about Martin Luther King Jr.
    Courtesy of Leslie Surta

 
Leslie Surta

St. Charles, IL April 2014 -- Open your home to the world and make a global connection: Host an AFS Exchange Student.

Each year, AFS Intercultural Programs/USA, a leader in international high school student exchange for more than 65 years, welcomes 2,300 high school students from more than 90 countries into communities like ours. These students are eager to attend a local high school, live with a host family and discover what America is all about.

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AFS-USA is always looking for supportive host families. By hosting an AFS Exchange Student, you and your family will help build bridges of intercultural understanding at home and abroad while connecting with an outstanding young person.

"Hosting Martin was a life changing event for our family," said host mother Dawn Fuchs. "His incentive to also 'share' what he has learned with his own country and community has also had a transforming effect on us, his American family. We have also been given 'new eyes to see' the world! The gratitude (and love!) goes both ways."

Host families provide a bed and meals, share their daily lives with students, and help guide and support students as they would their own children. Families and their hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS staff and experienced, local volunteers.

For more information about how to host a student, study abroad, or volunteer with AFS, call (800) AFS-INFO or visit www.afsusa.org.

About AFS

AFS has been a leader in international high school student exchange for more than 65 years. Each year, AFS-USA sends approximately 1,100 U.S. students abroad, provides $3 million in scholarships and financial aid, and welcomes 2,300 international high school students who come to study in U.S. high schools and live with host families. More than 5,000 volunteers in the U.S. make the work of AFS possible.

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