Interested in cross-culture communication? Bring the world into your home! Blacksburg Area
Company: AFS-USA
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Location: work from home Blacksburg, VA 24060
Project Details

Want to get your kids an international companion? Now is your chance by hosting an exchange student who will arrive in August to study at a local Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford Metro Area high school! It could be one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences you'll ever have.

AFS Inter-Cultural Programs welcomes and has had great success with all families: families with children, empty nesters, single people, young couples, same-sex couples, retirees, etc.

As a host family, you will provide your student with:
1. The opportunity to participate in your family’s daily lives and events
2. The same care, support, and comfort you would another member of your family
3. Room with a bed that is not convertible or inflatable in nature; sharing a room with a sibling of the same gender close in age is fine
4. Three quality meals, including lunches and meals eaten as a family in restaurants
5. Some local transportation

The students have their own travel, medical and liability insurance, as well as their own personal spending money for clothing, toiletries, etc. Host families and students are assigned a liaison to assist them throughout the school year.

Prospective host families can set up an online account and have a staff member contact them to answer any questions. For further information, please visit our website or contact Alexandra by email at

To join AFS, please

1 - Sign up for an account:

2 - Complete and submit the Volunteer Application

Once your Volunteer Application is reviewed by AFS staff, we will then contact you.

General requirements
  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
Children & Youth
Skills Area
Critical Thinking
People Skills
Cross-cultural Communication
Relationship Building
Verbal / Written Communication