Iris Franklin – Volunteer & Mom of Alumnae – New Jersey

Duties: Orientations, chaperones and activities

While Iris has just been a volunteer for a little over a year, she has gotten involved in all aspects of YFU volunteering, including identifying host families, interviewing prospective American Students and host families, supporting international students, and planning orientations as well as being a YFU certified trainer.


How did you get involved with YFU?

I love working with students and have wanted to be involved since my kids were American Overseas students. I know the importance of an international community and knew that working with international students and students going abroad was something I would love.

What is your most memorable YFU volunteer moment?

My first “thank you” and hug.

Why do you continue to volunteer with YFU?

I love it! The students and the people in YFU are great and so much fun to work with.

What do you like best about your involvement with YFU?

The chance to meet students from all over the world and to keep connected with the students, I supported during their year, after they go home.

Why do you think international exchange benefits the participants?

It’s so important, especially in this day and age, for students to experience other cultures and learn to understand the world around them.

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About Youth For Understanding USA

Youth For Understanding (YFU) advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. The global YFU network, consisting of partners in more than 60 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. Backed by a global team of volunteers, YFU provides cultural education and guidance to all participants. Selected to administer more government and corporate scholarships than any other high school exchange program, YFU is the only organization awarded full-listing for J-1 inbound, outbound and short term exchange by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). Through creating global learning opportunities, YFU has promoted international understanding and world peace to more than 250,000 students and their host families. Thousands of parents across the globe trust YFU with their teenagers every year, and thousands of students every year choose YFU to help them discover their inner selves.
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