AFS seeks host families in Yellow Springs
- Published: July 14, 2018
The Dayton Area American Field Service Council, or AFS, is looking for families in Yellow Springs interested in sharing their homes and culture with a foreign exchange student during the 2018–19 school year.
The contemporary AFS program has its roots in World War I and the formation of a group of volunteer, battle-front ambulance drivers. With the end of the armed conflict, the group evolved into a broad effort to promote world peace through student exchanges. Today, the nonprofit organization operates in more than 40 countries around the globe.
The 15- to 18-year-old international students are screened, fully insured and have studied English for at least four years. Host families come in all configurations — single people, couples with children, couples without children, empty-nesters, and single-parent families.
If potential host families apply by Wednesday, July 18, students will arrive in August — in time for the start of the school year — and return to their homes after the school year ends. Interested hosts must apply by Aug. 31 for a September arrival. Families also may apply to be “welcome families,” who host students on a temporary basis until a permanent host family is found.
Throughout students’ stay, AFS volunteers from the Dayton area plan special events, social gatherings and orientations for the students and their host family members.