Founder’s Message

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Intercultural Friends Foundation (IFF)! Since we began in 1998, we have been dedicated to the development and sponsorship of international student exchange programs for young people from around the world. To date, thousands of students have participated in our programs leading to countless lifelong relationships being made. Each year gets even more exciting. With the advent of the Internet and online communications, the oceans have become less of a divide, as our students and their host families can easily maintain constant contact for years after the program ends.

I hope you will spend the time to explore our website and learn more about the World of IFF! Whether you are a prospective host family or student, an alumnus, coordinator or anyone else, you will find valuable information here.

If you are considering hosting a student, I invite you to visit our host families page, where you will find a wealth of information about the hosting experience and testimonials from former host families. You can even apply to host online! An IFF representative will contact prospective families whose profiles and hosting preferences match upcoming programs.

Please be sure to check out our students page to learn more about the student experience of participating in an IFF program. If you are a current IFF student or participating in an upcoming program, you will find important information here. You can also see what some of our former students have to say about IFF. There is even an online student application should you wish to become an IFF student.

Don’t forget to stop at our careers page. Each year, IFF hires teachers as community coordinators to place and supervise our programs. Being an IFF coordinator is a great way to meet new people and experience another culture while earning extra money.

I welcome any comments, suggestions, or questions that you may have. Please visit our online contact us page before leaving today. Or if you prefer, please email us directly at If you are looking for something that you can’t find on our website, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks again for your interest in IFF!

Very truly yours,
Miriam W. Rheinstein