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Ready to Begin the Adventure?

Somewhere in another country, a teenager is waiting, wondering which family will open a world of possibilities. If your family or a family that you know is open to new and enriching experiences, than hosting an international exchange student may be for you! Share our American customs and your family’s unique traditions while discovering a new culture right in your own home.

Discover Youth For Understanding (YFU)

In the wake of World War II, 75 German teenagers were invited into American homes to build bridges of tolerance and understanding. More than 60 years later, the tradition continues as YFU welcomes students from all around the world. Our students are ready and willing to be a part of this legacy of public diplomacy, but we need your assistance.  

Since 1951, YFU, a non-profit intercultural exchange organization, has helped students all over the globe find themselves, expand their world and discover intercultural opportunities through studying abroad. Our global network is united by the belief that full cultural immersion is the most effective means to gain the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly multicultural, interconnected and competitive global society.


Begin Exploring the World

With YFU you’ll discover a community that believes in advancing intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. Millions of lives have been impacted by YFU and our partner offices in 60+ countries, through the more than 250,000 exchange students, their host families, and volunteers who have benefited from this global learning opportunity.

Get your family started on their greatest journey yet!

YFU is different from other intercultural exchange organizations because of our thorough preparation and program support that’s backed by a global team of volunteers. Host families and volunteers have many different faces and backgrounds. It doesn’t matter if you have children or not, whether you’re single, or an empty nester; anyone can become a part of our family. And you can live anywhere—the suburbs, the city or even a farm. Students for hosting are available for you to consider by submitting your information on the right of the screen. You may also submit your host family application by clicking the “Apply Now” button located at the top right of the page.

Other ways to explore the world

Not ready to host but still wish to help with our global mission? Make a real difference in the world and in your community by assisting YFU in finding host families and encouraging young people that you know to study abroad. Below are some easy ways to become active with YFU: 
• Post the YFU host family video to your Facebook page
• Become a YFU volunteer 
• Hang flyers on public notice boards
• Pass out YFU Hosting and Study Abroad information at school or community activities
• Facilitate an announcement about hosting to your parish in the bulletin or newsletter

Thank you for your interest in YFU! To learn more about opportunities to engage within the YFU community, contact your local representative at 800.872.0200.