June 4, 2019, Winterville, NC – Families in the Winterville area can help build bridges of intercultural understanding by sharing their homes and daily life with exchange students. AFS is now looking for host families for high school exchange students coming from more than 90 countries in August and September.
Each year, AFS welcomes more than 2,200 international students to the U.S. These are outstanding young people who were selected in their home countries to study in U.S. high schools and are eager to experience what it’s like to live in America. Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience and is a wonderful way for you and your family to bring more understanding into the world.
Current AFS host parent Kate Weber said, “There really is room for one more in your family no matter how busy life is. It fills your heart to open your door and share your home. It makes such a dynamic change in your life as well as in the life of the student you host.”
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.
Families in the Winterville area interested in learning more about hosting an international exchange student, reading incoming student bios, and more can contact Alexandra Klaff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (646) 381-3307.
AFS has been a leader in international high school student exchange for over 70 years. Each year, AFS-USA sends approximately 1,000 U.S. students abroad, provides more than $4 million in scholarships and financial aid, and welcomes more than 2,000 international high school students, who spend 10 months studying at U.S. high schools and living with U.S. host families. More than 4,000 volunteers in the U.S. make the work of AFS possible.