These international high school students are eager to attend a local high school, live with a host family and discover what America is all about. Students coming to central California still need supportive families to host them for 6-12 weeks, a semester or the year.

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.

By hosting an AFS student, you and your family will help build bridges of intercultural understanding while connecting with an outstanding young person and sharing your community.

“We had no idea how incredible this experience would be,” says Thousand Oaks host mom Wendy Brant. Wendy and her son Chase, hosted Marvin, 16, from Germany for the school year. “AFS did a great job of helping us find exactly the right student to fit in with our family—we couldn’t have found a better match!”

Join our global community. Host an international exchange student with AFS-USA, a leader in international high school student exchange for more than 60 years. Call 1-800-876-2377 or email for more information. Visit us on the web at

About AFS

AFS, a worldwide, nonprofit organization, has been leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years. Each year, AFS-USA sends more than 1,100 US students abroad, provides approximately $3 million in scholarships and financial aid, and welcomes 2,500 international high school students who come to study in US high schools and live with host families. More than 5,000 volunteers in the US make the work of AFS possible.


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