Youth For Understanding



Youth For Understanding (YFU) offers international youth exchange programs. Students aged 15-19 from around the world live with volunteer host families, immerse themselves in the local culture, and form friendships that bring countries together. As these young people discover new worlds and become part of a community in another country, they not only learn about another culture and language, they also gain perspective on the world and develop a stronger sense of self.YFUvolunteers are typically the primary YFU contacts within the community. Volunteers support students, families, programs, and other volunteers in a variety of ways. From conducting student orientations to making classroom presentations, to problem solving with international students and their host families, to arranging social activities, there is truly a place for everyone with YFU USA.

YFU host families have many different faces, and are all part of the American experience. Whether or not you have children, you can be a host family. If you and your family are willing to open your home and heart to a student from overseas, you and your family will gain a new global perspective, many memories, and - quite possibly - a new family member for life!

Whether you are a former exchange student, a parent, a retired person, or a college student - we welcome people of all backgrounds to join us, either as a volunteer or a host family. Whatever your skills and interests, we have an opportunity to match.

If you don't see a current opportunity listed, please contact us, as we are always accepting volunteer applications.

Mission: Youth For Understanding (YFU), a leader in international student exchange, prepares young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing, interdependent world.
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