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Youth for Understanding


National Office
641 S. Street, NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC, 20001


Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., EST

Contact Information

Sharon Ann Jones
phone  734-646-2784
fax   989-777-3270

Purpose of the Organization

YFU is one of the oldest and largest high school intercultural exchange programs in the world. We are a volunteer-based nonprofit educational program dedicated to advancing understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families, and communities.

Volunteer Opportunities Available

If you enjoy working with young people and families and want to make a difference in the world, volunteering with Youth For Understanding (YFU) USA may be right for you. YFU Area Representatives act as mentors for international students who are attending local high schools, and are the liaison between host families, schools, and YFU. This role will allow you, as a YFU Area Rep, to build relationships at a global level and expand friendships at home.

YFU provides training and support for all volunteers and hopes you will consider becoming part of our international family.

Share Your Time, Change the World!


Inter/National Services
Multicultural Services
Youth Services