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About AYA Host Families

Just as there is no "typical" American family, there is no "typical" host family. Retirees, single parents and young couples are all able to give an AYA international student a good home. Some host families may not have children of their own. Host families come from many walks of life and represent different generations. They come from all over the United States and live in suburban and rural areas.

Host families are united by a desire to know and love a young person from abroad as a "son" or "daughter." A host family's commitment is altruistic in nature. Simply, it is to bring a little more understanding to our world. A host family's responsibility is to provide the student with a bed of his or her own, a place to study, breakfast and dinner, but their commitment to AYA and their new "son" or "daughter" goes well beyond that.

Join thousands of families across the United States who want to make the dream of an international student come true, make special friends for life and bring more international understanding to our world.

Our students have brought so much joy to our lives - we have fun sharing daily activities and holidays with them. Every year I get Mother's Day cards from my sons and daughters around the world.

—Host Family

Begin an exciting opportunity to engage in cultural exchange today!

  • View student profiles
  • Find the perfect fit for your family
  • Receive our Host Family Brochure

AYA Vision Statement

To encourage and inspire young people to become considerate and forward thinking citizens of the world, by creating dynamic educational opportunities to share beliefs, ideologies and values across cultures – and to provide these experiences with an unrivaled commitment to the safety of our students and service to our participants.