Our missionYFU advances intercultural understanding, life-long learning, global competencies, mutual respect, and social responsibility through transformational educational exchanges for generations of youth, families, and communities, supported by dedicated volunteers and professional staff.
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Study Abroad Scholarship Evaluators

Read and score scholarship applications and help select winners (can be done online).
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

International Student (IS) Volunteers

Perform various tasks related to the International Student and host family program. These can include some or all of the following: recruitment, presentations, interviews, orientations, support, or administrative process.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Area Coordinators (AC)

Provide leadership and supervision for other volunteers in a specific geographic area as directed by the Field Director.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Study Abroad Interviewers and Interview Coordinators

Interview prospective study abroad applicants, organize an Interview Day event in your local community.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Alumni Coordinators

Coordinate the activities of YFU alumni, facilitating communication within a field.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Trainers

Provide basic procedural training and orientation to volunteers or program participants in partnership with the Field Director. They follow organizational guidelines and use standard YFU USA training and orientation manuals and materials.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Study Abroad Orientation Coordinators

Help prepare students for their study abroad experience through interactive workshops, games, and curriculum.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Study Abroad Recruiters

Give presentations or staff a booth at schools, meetings, conferences, festivals, fairs, and other events. Represent YFU at local functions. Support virtual information nights online and/or speak directly with applicants.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Area Representatives (AR)

This key volunteer position supports one or two international students, their host families and high schools. The AR serves as an unbiased advocate for the student, offering guidance and support to the student, family and school through regular contact with each participant. Most YFU volunteers serve in this position.
  • Occasional
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Families
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you helpYFU volunteers are essential to providing quality support to students, families and other volunteers. Our volunteers enable us to host more than 2,000 international students and send nearly 500 American students abroad each year.
About usThe global YFU network, consisting of partners in more than 50 different countries, is united by the belief that full cultural immersion is the most effective means to gain the skills needed to thrive in an increasingly multicultural, interconnected and competitive global society. YFU has remained a trusted leader of intercultural exchange programs for more than 60 years because of its commitment to safety, reputation for quality, and exceptional support services.
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