An AFS-USA Hosting Volunteer is a local AFS hosting representative, working closely with the volunteer Area Team Hosting Coordinator and/or the staff Regional Field Specialist. Depending on the structure of the Area Team, this role is responsible for one or a number of the team’s hosting-related responsibilities/tasks.
- Promote the idea of hosting an AFS student via ‘word of mouth' advertising and community outreach efforts.
- Work with Team Hosting Coordinator and appropriate staff to ensure timely follow up with potential host families.
- Ensure that an in-home interview is conducted with potential host families, as part of the required application and screening process.
- Develop relationship with local school personnel, and share appropriate AFS resources with local school administration and other staff.
- Work with schools to obtain acceptance of AFS students to be hosted at the school.
- Effectively use MyAFS & Global Link for coordination of host family outreach and hosting placements, including entering Hold and Placement Requests for families.
- As needed, assist in writing student bios for hosted participants.
- Adhere to all AFS-USA, AFS International, CSIET and State Department guidelines, standards, and regulations.
Information You Need to Know
- The time commitment is flexible, but the role typically involves up to 2-5 volunteer hours per week, depending on the time of year and Chapter or Team needs.
- Length of Service: Open ended, but a minimum of two hosting cycles or calendar years is preferred with completion of training.
- There are many host family outreach and recruitment resources available on MyAFS Help & Learning, including Marketing Resources.