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YFU Blog - Recent stories about Youth for Understanding

Iris Franklin - Volunteer & Mom of Alumnae - New Jersey


Duties: Orientations, chaperones and activities

While Iris has just been a volunteer for a little over a year, she has gotten involved in all aspects of YFU volunteering, including identifying host families, interviewing prospective American Students and host families, supporting international students, and planning orientations as well as being a YFU certified trainer.

How did you get involved with YFU?

I love working with students and have wanted to be involved since my kids were American Overseas students. I know the importance of an international community and knew that working with international students and students going abroad was something I would love.

What is your most memorable YFU volunteer moment?

My first "thank you" and hug.

Why do you continue to volunteer with YFU?

I love it! The students and the people in YFU are great and so much fun to work with.

What do you like best about your involvement with YFU?

The chance to meet students from all over the world and to keep connected with the students, I supported during their year, after they go home.

Why do you think international exchange benefits the participants?

It's so important, especially in this day and age, for students to experience other cultures and learn to understand the world around them.

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