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Opportunities to host AFS students are still available in the Pittsburgh area and nationwide. AFS requires an online application, background check and personal interview. Hosting a student provides an occasion to share American culture with an eager student and learn about his or her country at the same time. Many hosts remain in contact with their students for a lifetime and feel that their world expands greatly through this unique learning opportunity.
“Our decision to host wasn’t exactly the long thought-out process I had imagined it would be. We were contacted by a friend in July of last year who let us know that the economic downturn was profoundly affecting these foreign teenagers who dreamed of coming to the U.S. After we looked through the photos and brief descriptions of the students, I was smitten. It didn’t take long for my family to be willing to try this “experiment.” It turns out that hosting fits our family values of supporting peace and sharing knowledge; and we learned about Denmark, Dansk (the language), Danish food, and Danish culture from a resident expert,” said 2009-2010 AFS host mom Julie Allen about her family’s experience of hosting Kristine from Denmark. “And yes, we are planning to host again this year. We are looking forward to a year of learning about Italy with our newest family member Katherine,” Allen added.
AFS (formerly the American Field Service) has worked for over 60 years to build bridges of cross cultural understanding and contribute to a more just and peaceful world.
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