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Host Families Needed

Youth For Understanding is seeking volunteers and host families to mentor and host high school exchange students coming to the community.

Have you ever wanted to host an exchange student? Well, here’s your chance! Youth For Understanding is a nonprofit educational organization, and is seeking volunteers and host families to mentor and host high school exchange students coming to the community.

Host families of all shapes and sizes welcome YFU students into their home as if they are one of their own children.

Local New England Field Area Coordinator Eric Boucher has hosted before and is hosting again.

“This is our third student and they all become daughters to us,” he said. “They’re part of the family. We have been invited by their families to come stay with them when we want to. It really becomes a family thing.”

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YFU exchange students bring spending money and have health insurance. They come prepared to follow family rules and want to become a part of the community. 

Students and host families are supported by local YFU representatives who form a nationwide network of more than 1,500 volunteers. These trained volunteers work to ensure that everyone has an incredible experience during the program year. 

Across the world, hundreds of students are waiting to hear from host parents, and are waiting to hear about their new home, new school, and their new beginning in the United States.

Families around the world trust YFU because of its reputation for quality, high safety standards, and strong support network. As one of the world’s oldest and largest exchange organizations, YFU has provided study abroad opportunities to over 250,000 high school students for more than 60 years.

The YFU community is excited to promote international and interpersonal friendships in your local community. International programs for American students and volunteer opportunities with YFU are also available. To learn more about hosting, or about YFU in general, contact Boucher at 860-930-6334 or via e-mail at erbgok9@gmail.com.

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