AFS is recruiting local families to host exchange students

by Pam Wong on January 26, 2012

AFS exchange student Ilona

Two AFS Exchange Students attend Menlo-Atherton High School and live with local host families this year. What do exchange students learn during their year here?

Ilona (pictured), from Finland, said that she has become more open towards new cultures and different types of people, and has improved her social skills and English fluency. Bence, from Hungary, is enjoying being a member the M-A soccer team and has found his fellow students to be friendly and welcoming.

AFS-USA provides international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership. In the San Francisco Bay Area, over 40 high school aged students traveled abroad with AFS in 2011 and currently, over 20 AFS exchange students from 14 countries are living with local host families and attending high school in the Bay Area.

AFS Exchange Students come to the U.S. from over 90 countries to experience life with an American family, immerse themselves in English, and study at a local high school. Want to learn more about hosting? AFS is actively recruiting host families for the fall; more information is available online.

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Irene Searles January 26, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I am a returnee from AFS, Summer 1978 and our family has hosted several students for short stays. AFS is so rewarding for all involved – the exchange student, the host siblings and family, the local community and, well not to be too corny, THE WHOLE WORLD. The more we learn about different cultures and share ours, the better we will all be about understanding our differences and our similarities. We have made long lasting friendships through AFS. Such a wonderful program.

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