AFS encourages all volunteers to be involved in identifying and working with host families since hosting exchange students is at the core of the AFS mission. For an overview of the Hosting Cycle, please see the Hosting Overview.
AFS provides many guidelines to help ensure that each student gets a family and so that each Team of volunteers is guaranteed students from a variety of countries with an appropriate mix of genders, interests and placement needs.
We host students from a few different programs including YES, CB and BP. All other students are referred to as Core students. BP students largely act just like Core students. Please refer to the Hosting Programs Overview to learn more about all of out Hosting Programs.
In addition, all of the details about how student applications are released can be found in the Hosting Application Distribution Process article.
Important Dates for 2017
|Teams may Community Place up to 25% of their Core hosting goal (but no YES or CB stus)||March 1|
|Teams may Community Place up to 50% of their Core hosting goal including one YES student (if they have a SP Cluster)||April 5|
|Moratorium on Area Team Hold and School Placement requests for YES and CB students||May 26
|Sponsored Programs 100% Community Placement Draft (mandatory)||May 31|
|Previously Community Placed Core Students can be released back into Regionally Available||June 14|
|School Placed students must be Community Placed or put back into Regionally Available||June 14|
|Moratorium on Area Team Hold requests for Core students||June 14|
|All Area Team Holds for Core students will expire at 11:45pm EDT||June 16|
|All teams must Community Place up to 100% of their goal||June 21
|Paperwork Deadline for 1st Arrivals||July 26|
|1st Arrivals for Core, BP & CB students||August 9-11|
|State Department Deadline for Securing Families||August 31|
|Paperwork Deadline for 2nd Arrivals||September 1|
|2nd Arrival of Core, BP & CB students||September 7|
The timeline for YES and CB students is different; learn more on the Place Sponsored Programs Students page.