AFS Intercultural Programs is looking for families to host foreign exchange students arriving in Portland this August from across the globe. These students have been selected by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to be ambassadors for their countries, to attend a local high school, share their culture, and help change the world.

Hailing from countries of the former Soviet Union, Germany and countries with significant Muslim populations, these students have received merit-based scholarships to build person-to-person diplomacy and bridges of intercultural understanding between their countries and ours.

By hosting an AFS student, your family can connect with an outstanding young person by sharing your daily American life. It is a life-impacting experience for the students, their host families and the communities in which they live.

“I thought that the best part of hosting would be experiencing new countries and cultures, which has definitely happened,” said Kelly Hanson, host mom to six AFS students, including her current host children, a boy from Thailand and a boy from Lebanon. “I was surprised to find that the best part has actually been experiencing the gratefulness and love that these kids brought into our lives. They truly become part of the family.

“Hosting is an awesome way to change the world from your own home. I know that in several faraway places in the world that our influence continues to make an impact through the kids that we’ve hosted.”

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 503.419.9503 or email for more information. Visit us on the web at