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Career Listings

YFU seeks passionate individuals who are up for an enriching challenge: Working with students, families and volunteers to advance intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges. 

Host Family Recruiter

Carla Reed

Status: (short-term) Independent Contractor 

Location: Washington, DC 

Reports to: Coordinator of Program Development 


Youth for Understanding USA (YFU) advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities.  Through the exchange experience, YFU students gain intercultural understanding, learn mutual respect, and develop a sense of social responsibility. Their experience abroad gives them leadership competencies necessary to meet the challenges and benefit from the opportunities of a fast-changing global community.


Youth For Understanding USA (YFU) is running several short term inbound programs for high school students from around the world. During their two-week stay in the US, the students engage in English Language classes, as well as cultural and social events. They are placed with volunteer host families, who invite the students to be a part of their family for these two weeks. The students make ever-lasting bonds with other students, their host families, the volunteers, and the employees and contractors that work with them.

The programs run from either July 1 to July 16, 2017, or July 15 to July 30, 2017. Each Program Coordinator will take charge of one of these two date ranges.


As the Host Family Recruiter (HFR) you will play the largest role in the students’ experience in the USA as the homestay is often the most meaningful part of a student’s experience. There are four program dates with two groups in the summer and two groups in the fall. The dates are as follows:

  • July 1, 2017 to July 15, 2017 (anticipating 10 students)
  • July 16, 2017 to July 29, 2017 (anticipating 10 students, 1 chaperone)
  • Sep 30, 2017 to Oct 13, 2017 (15 students, 2 chaperones)
  • Oct 21, 2017 to Nov 3, 2017 (15 students, 2 chaperones)

You can choose any or all of these date ranges though it should be noted that while double placement is common for the summer programs, the students coming in the fall from Germany must each be placed in their own home.

Student Placement: The HFR will be responsible for finding host families for each of the students. The PC will

  • Be provided with a handbook to assist with this activity, as well as access to YFU’s lead system.
  • Be expected to utilize their network to find families new to YFU.
  • Be expected to assist potential host families complete their application and all supplementary documentation and requirements.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that all families meet all US Department of State regulations for hosting.
  • Conduct Host Family Interviews when a volunteer cannot be secured.
  • Assist with moving any students if necessary (example host family has an emergency and cannot host, etc.)
  • Remain on call during the program to assist with any HF placement issues (unlikely).
  • Submit a financial report of any expenses (expected to be minimal) with related receipts at the program conclusion. YFU USA expense policies will be provided, and must be followed in order to receive reimbursement.

NOTE: As these programs are either grant-based (fall) or depend on enrollment (summer) it may be required to immediately cancel the position.


  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work under pressure on multiple tasks with deadlines
  • Ability to adhere to Department of State rules and regulations
  • Computer literacy
  • Demonstrated Customer Service and problem-solving experience
  • Experience recruiting
  • Strong Networking and community-building skills
  • Excellent communication skills


Placement efforts for the summer short term program will take place at the contractors’ discretion during the weeks before the program start date. All students and chaperones must be placed (including all paperwork completed) 2 weeks prior to the program start.

Within two weeks after the end of the program, the HFR will submit a financial report and a written report. The written report should include any notes on specific HFs, including families that might be interested in hosting a long term student, those who did not host for whatever reason, etc.


Payment will be provided in a lump sum after the conclusion of the program and submission of the narrative project report and financial report. No payment will be made until reports have been received.

Applicants must be eligible for employment and able to pass a pre-employment background check. If you are qualified and interested in being considered for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter at the career site.

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