What is AFS Host Family Program?

AFS is a non-profit international voluntary organization. Every year we host exchange students aged 15-17 from across the globe for 10 months. Exchange students will attend local secondary schools and live with local families in Hong Kong, allowing them to immerse in the culture.

Exchange students usually arrive at the end of August and depart at the end of June next year, but even if you could not commit for the whole period, we also offer short-term hosting opportunity.

Why Should I Become a Host Family?

This unique experience helps you / your children to

  • Improve communication and problem solving skills
  • Improve English, even learn a foreign language
  • Build up international friendship
  • Create a closer family bond
  • Learn about foreign cultures

A Host Family Only Need to Provide

  1. Daily Meals

  2. A Bed

  3. Unconditional Love and Acceptance of Cultural Difference

Join a Free Info Seminar

Due to the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong, our info seminars will be hosted in the form of Facebook live. On the seminars, not only our AFS staff will introduce our host family programs and answer all your questions, we will also invite host families to share their experience. Please mark the date on your calendar and like our page (afshongkong) for notification!

  • 22 May (Fri) 8:30 – 9:30 pm
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Frequently Asked Questions

AFS exchange students are from different parts of the world like Europe, USA, South America and Japan. They have been through the serious selection process by AFS office in their countries, showing positive and proactive attitude, passion in overseas exchange and acceptance of cultural differences. Our matching is mainly based on the interest and personality of the student, the location of host school and the requirement of host family (Usually regarding the gender of the student).

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4 Steps to Become a Host Family


Sign Up Now

Click the button, leave your information and wait for our staff to contact you

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Finish Application

Fill in and submit the official application form provided by our staff


Go Through Home Visit

AFS staff or volunteers to come to your home for understand the expectation of your family


Get Ready to Host

Selected student will be assigned to your home. You will need to attend an orientation before student arrival