Youth Exchange Programs

Youth Exchanges

Youth Leadership Programs foster mutual understanding, respect, and civic engagement among young Americans and their international peers. During the exchanges, international students and educators participate in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, leadership development, and live with American families. Students work independently, or in groups, on community projects that they will implement in their home countries upon returning.

Brazil Youth Ambassador 2019

Youth exchanges are typically 1.5 – 2 weeks in duration and students are always hosted by incredible volunteer host families! The majority of Youth Exchanges that World Affairs Council hosts are sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

If you are interested in hosting, please visit our volunteer webpage and reach out to Laura Duncan, Visitor Program Manager, at [email protected]!


Upcoming Youth Exchanges

Becoming a Host Family

Youth exchanges bring the “fun” in cultural exchange! Host a high school student for two-weeks and help them explore American life!

World Affairs Council Provides:

  • Professional and cultural programming
  • All necessary transportation to and from meetings
  • All in-home orientation for hosts
  • Complimentary six-month membership to Host Families

Host Responsibilities:

  • Provide a private sleeping area
  • Include your student(s) in breakfast and dinner
  • Share your city & culture with them!


Required Forms:

  • Host Family Application Form
  • Host Family Profile
  • A background check will be processed on all residents of the household who are 18/yrs and older or who will turn 18/yrs during the hosting period.
  • WAC staff must conduct an in-home visit prior to final approval and will conduct an in-home orientation.

Please submit completed forms to Laura Duncan at [email protected]


Host Families Reflect

Hear from some of our


“[The exchange] impacted my point of view of the world. I had opened my eyes about so many things that I don’t even know how to describe it.”
– Odir, Brazil

“Here’s the thing: not all Iraqis are Arabs. Not all Arabs are Muslims. And not all Muslims are terrorists.”
– Awab, Iraq