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Host an exchange student through YFU


If you are interested in other cultures or expanding your family's global perspective, consider hosting a South exchange student through Youth For Understanding!

  • We are looking for families to open their hearts to a student coming next school year (August through June).
  • Students come from all over the world.
  • You can choose the country, gender and even a student with particular interests.
  • Families provide meals, a bed, a way to get to school, plus encouragement, love and limits.
  • The student pays for other expenses such as sports fees and shopping, and will become a true family member sharing in your family's real life, fun and responsibilities.

Hosting is an amazing experience that may be one of your family's most rewarding decisions! Often, siblings are the greatest beneficiaries as their global perspective is widened tremendously, but your whole family can grow together and build a lifelong relationship with your student.

There is strong support from YFU during the year from trained volunteers who mentor and liaise with students and families. Contact Anna Peters at 651-646-8173, or go to to learn about YFU, a non-profit that began 60+ years ago.