Each year, AFS (American Field Service) Intercultural Programs welcomes more than 2,300 international high school students to the US. These are outstanding young people who were selected in their home countries to study in US 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 especially if you have school age students in your home. It can be a life-changing experience in your own home.
We are fortunate that Clarke Central High School in Athens participates in the AFS program and currently has 1 student from Germany. She is a 15-year-old student from a small town outside Frankfurt and hosted by Kavita Pandit/Hunaid Qadir--my wife and me--of Oakland Avenue. We are her Welcome Family in the USA.
You may click here, call 1-800-876-2377 or send an email for more information. Local AFS Volunteers will support you and your hosted student throughout your experience to help you both receive the most from your time together.
You provide a bed and meals for your student. But most importantly, you should be eager and excited to share your life and activities while providing the same kind of care, support, and comfort as you would to your own child or family members.
AFS welcomes all kinds of families to participate in the program.