CHIGAGO AREA HOST FAMILIES SOUGHT: AFS is a non-profit student exchange organization that has been around for over 65 years. 2 Norwegian AFS Exchange students will be arriving to the Chicagoland area in August for the 2017-18 school year. Below are their profiles. Please take a look and see if there is someone in this group your family would enjoy hosting, and also help by sharing this information further into the your community through sports, school, church or other connections.

By hosting an AFS Exchange Student in your home, you will start seeing the world differently.
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Meet xxx from NORWAY! -- age 16; xxxis a trustworthy person who is funny and kind. She has good relationships with her parents who she seeks advice from when necessary. She lives part time with her mother, part time her father, and has two younger siblings. Ida sews, plays violin, and does gymnastics. Her grandmother taught her to sew and she likes making her own clothes in order to get them exactly the way she wants them. In the future she would like to study architecture and media/film to have a few career options. xxx is excited to experience life in America, make new friends, and meet her host family!

  • The students are here for a total of 10 months (mid-Aug - end of June).  
  • They bring their own spending money for personal purchases, etc.  
  • AFS provides health insurance coverage for medical needs (doctor visits etc.) while they are here.  
  • Students can share a room with a sibling of the same sex, but need to have their own bed.  
  • Families can host for an academic year, a semester, or 8-12 weeks.  
  • It is not necessary to have high school age children of your own to host.  
  • Families with small children, empty-nesters, and couples without children can also be great host families.


Meet xxx from NORWAY! -- age 17; xxx is friendly, active, and kind. In his free time he goes to the gym or sees his friends who he really likes spending time with. He also really likes going boating and going for walks on the beach. One of three children in his family, xxx gets along well with his brothers and parents and they often travel together. He holds a part-time job and likes to set goals for himself. He sees the USA as the land of opportunities and hopes to experience life there firsthand. xxx is cheerful and excited to meet his American family, make friends, and have many great adventures.

AFS-USA (formerly the American Field Service), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world through independent, nonprofit AFS Organizations, each with a network of volunteers, a professionally staffed office, and headed up by a volunteer board.

We’ve been exchanging students throughout the world for more than 70 years. That’s seven decades of history and experience in international education with an exemplary record of safety, security, and service to students, parents, and educators.

Want to learn more? Go to or call 1.800.AFS.INFO. Or contact Kristi Svec at or (872) 240-0390.

-- Kristi Svec
Team Development Specialist
Greater Chicago Area Team
Office: 646.381.3333