AFS: Host an Exchange Student!

Meet the Mallinger family and their Host daughter Kristina from Norway.

MDLC Kristina and hfam MDLC Kristina Cubs game

“Hosting an exchange student has benefited our family in so many ways! We feel it has helped our 3 and 6 year old to gain a broader perspective on the world, learning more about geography, communication and international cultures and having a “big sister” from another country. Also knowing that we will have a life-long relationship with her as well. And just experiencing the joy of having a new family member to love!

We decided to host because we have traveled to many different countries and my husband’s family has hosted in the past and the opportunity came up and I thought how fun would it be to have an “older sister” for my girls from another country and we can learn about their culture and to help them have a great experience here in the United States. It truly has been a wonderful experience having our student with us this past year that we will do this again sometime and I plan on being a liaison to an exchange student this coming school year! “Selena Mallinger

As a leader in international high school exchange for more than 65 years, AFS differs from many other exchange organizations. Among the most important distinctions is that AFS has a network of thousands of volunteers in the US, many of whom have hosted themselves or studied abroad with AFS. These local volunteers support families, students, and schools in gaining the most from the hosting experience.

Hosting an international student means more than providing a bed and meals. As an AFS Host Family, you’ll welcome a new member into your home, share your everyday lives, and grow as you get to know one another. You’ll be surprised at how much you learn about yourself, your family and community by hosting a student from another culture. Have a life-changing experience in your own home.

To learn more about AFS and Hosting please visit: 

http://www.afsusa.org/host-family or contact local Hosting volunteers in your area- Diane 515 490 9910 davidson.diane.afs@gmail.com or Sara 515 979-7132 sara.roberts@afsusa.org.

2 student Bios


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!