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Host an Exchange Student; Make a Difference

Hosting an international student goes beyond providing a bed and meals, together you will expand your family and intellectually challenge yourself as you learn more about your student and the world surrounding you.

“Our experience hosting AFS student Erdal Fere was amazing. We so enjoyed having Ertsi as a part of our daily lives,“ said Jennifer Michaelson, Terrace Park resident who hosted an AFS student for the 2014-2015 school year. “He readily participated in our family activities and befriended his new brothers immediately. He was highly respectful and helpful and fit right in with us.”

She credits the school district administration, teachers and Mariemont High School students for welcoming Ertsi with open arms, which ultimately led to his successful and memorable year.

“His high school experience exceeded our expectations. Ertsi excelled in sports…he also was voted Prom King. It was difficult to bid farewell to Ertsi, but luckily, technology enables us to stay a part of each other's lives and we are looking forward to his visit this summer.”

AFS-USA is a non-profit leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world. With help from a network of volunteers, a professionally-staffed office and a volunteer board, the organization has been exchanging students globally for 65 years. Their mission toward a more just and peaceful world is executed by providing global learning experiences, which reach individuals, families, schools and even the Mariemont community. Hosting an AFS student is an exciting Mariemont tradition with rewarding benefits.

“We would highly recommend the AFS exchange program. Hosting Ertsi enriched our lives greatly. He has become a cherished member of our family.”