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YFU offers you the journey of a lifetime, an adventure that allows you to discover the best in yourself and your family, forge lifelong connections, and change the way you see the world.

With YFU, you may choose to:


  • YFU welcomes families of all backgrounds, make-ups and locations to host an international student.
  • Through hosting, your family gains a global perspective unique to the YFU experience.
  • By opening your home to exchange, you open your world to a sense of adventure while teaching your family lessons about acceptance and global unity.


YFU provides students between the ages of 15-22 with the support, logistics and tools for a safe exchange experience to over 40 countries. All students departing from the US:
  • Are placed with a carefully selected host family or other group accommodations
  • Have access to counseling, tutoring, worldwide emergency assistance and support through their Area Representative


  • YFU volunteers provide essential support to students, families and fellow volunteers.
  • Hours are flexible and numerous roles are available to suit your interests and scheduling needs.
  • YFU welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, interests and locations.
"Our ties with YFU have brought more diversity, excitement, and joy into our lives than we ever anticipated. As a family, we are thankful for the global community we are now a part of and even more thankful for the life-long friendships we have formed." - Misha, YFU Alum

Over the last 65 years, YFU has exchanged more than 260,000 American and international students and is one of the oldest and largest non-profit international exchange organizations in the world.

YFU has remained a trusted leader of intercultural exchange programs since 1951 because of its commitment to safety, reputation for quality, and exceptional support services.