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Enrich Your Family with an Exchange Student

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Students from around New Jersey gather regularly to share their experiences. 
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Visiting AFS students from around NJ gather to make a movie to share with students coming to NJ from all over the world (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jk5uQKzJB0) Credits: Riccardo Chianella
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Open your home to the world this coming school semester or year and make a global connection: host an AFS Exchange Student.

Each year, AFS Intercultural Programs/USA, a leading international non-profit high school student exchange for more than 60 years, welcomes 2,500 high school students from more than 90 countries into communities like Montclair. These students are eager to attend a local high school, live with a host family and discover what America is all about.

AFS-USA is always looking for supportive host families. By hosting an AFS Exchange Student, you and your family will help build bridges of intercultural understanding at home and abroad while connecting with an outstanding young person.

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Area resident and AFS volunteer, Sue Fershing, whose family has hosted over a dozen exchange students through AFS since 1986, noted:  "This is the most rewarding thing we've ever done. We love staying in touch with our AFSers, who come back to visit us years later. It's not the end, it's the beginning of a lifelong relationship.” 

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. Students come with full medical insurance and personal spending money. Families and their hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS staff and experienced, local volunteers.

For more information about how to host a student, study abroad, or volunteer with AFS, contact Sue Fershing, at 973-533-1341 or sfersh@juno.com or visit www.afsusa.org. Meet some of the students who will be coming to New Jersey at http://www.afsusa.org/new-jersey/Profiles/

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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