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As a nation of immigrants, the U.S. is often described as a “melting pot,” meaning that U.S. culture is a unified combination of the many cultures brought by people who were born in or came to live in the U.S. While Americans do generally share certain cultural traits, such as the value of hard work, independence and a direct style of communication, pockets of imported cultures exist in most cities. These continue to play a significant role in the daily lives of inhabitants and their values.

Note that the picture of U.S. culture that is presented by the entertainment industry to the world is generally an exaggerated version of what a participant may find in typical U.S. towns. Generally, participants will find less violence, less wealth and less sexually open behaviour than one might imagine from watching Hollywood movies or U.S. television programs. Participants will find, however, a country with a great variety of landscapes, climates and lifestyles. We hope that wherever you are placed, you will discover those things that make your community a unique and wonderful place to live.

Eligibility Requirements

*Age on Departure: 15 – 18.5*

Candidates must be in good general health. A significant majority of AFS USA host families have pets, so detailed information regarding placement restrictions is needed of all students with allergies, especially allergies to pets.

Placement in a vegetarian family is unlikely. More commonly, one or two members of the family may follow a vegetarian diet. The family will eat a non-vegetarian diet to which they will expect the participant adapt, or they will expect the participant to eat more of the side dishes instead of the meat/fish or dairy product.

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Domestic Transport
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • School Uniform