Welcome Letter from CEO

Welcome to YFU Student Exchange

Youth For Understanding (YFU) Student Exchange is a non-profit, non-sectarian, volunteer-based organization dedicated to international exchange which provides young people with opportunities for inter-cultural learning during which they learn about other cultures and in so doing learn more about their own culture.

Originally established in the United States in 1951, today YFU Student Exchange operates in 50 countries worldwide. In New Zealand, YFU Student Exchange has operated for 30 years. Over 250,000 students have participated in a YFU Student Exchange Program worldwide.

YFU Student Exchange New Zealand is approved as a student exchange organization by the Ministry of Education in New Zealand.

The strength of the YFU Student Exchange network of which YFU Student Exchange New Zealand is part are the worldwide quality standards in program management supported by an international Secretariat which monitors all our programs on an annual basis.

Daily communications among the YFU organizations occurs through an inter-office Intranet linking all YFU National offices around the world. This ensures that it is very timely and high-quality professional support for you as a student, your host family and for your natural parents at all times.

Come to one of our free information sessions to learn more about the exchange and the programs we offer. Information sessions are held regularly in major cities and towns throughout the year. If you can’t attend one of our information sessions you can join one of our live online sessions. These sessions allow you to meet our staff who will answer any of your questions.

I hope to see you at one of our sessions that I conduct myself. Call me on  0800 833 624 (free call)  if I can assist you in any way.

Gary Johnston BA, M.Ed., Dip.Ed.
National Director