WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF YOUTH FOR UNDERSTANDING (YFU) SOUTH AFRICA. We are an international youth exchange organization that promotes intercultural exchange programs between South Africa and the world. Our mission is to prepare young people for their responsibilities and opportunities in a changing, interdependent world.YFU South Africa is a registered non-profit, volunteer-driven organization and has been in existence since 1995. We form part of a world-wide family of YFU national organizations with offices in more than 45 countries. Read more...


YFU'S EXCHANGE PROGRAMS PROMOTE INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING. Young South Africans can go abroad for periods of 6 weeks to 1 year and international students can experience South Africa on a variety of programs. Our exchange programs comply with YFU international basic standards and are founded on sound educational principles. YFU students learn from life in another country, another culture and another language. They learn to face challenges and how to overcome them. Similarly hostfamilies invite "the world" into their homes by hosting YFU exchange students and are also beneficiaries of our educational goals by learning from their new sons and daughters about life and customs in countries far away.

DO YOU WANT TO GO ABROAD WITH YFU? Please have a look at all the information contained in our website. We send young South Africans to practically every continent on earth! However, there are certain criteria, such as age and school performance that you need to fulfill in order to be selected. More information is available on the going abroad page (click here...), and make sure your application forms reach either your regional YFU representative or the national office in Cape Town. You can also download the first part of the student application form by clicking on the link below:
Download the YFU student application form BUNDLE 1
Download the YFU student application form BUNDLE 2



BRING THE WORLD INTO YOUR HOME... by hosting an international YFU exchange student! YFU South Africa receives students from Europe, North America, South America and Australia. They are carefully selected and thoroughly prepared for their exchange experience in our country. Hundreds of South African families have hosted YFU exchange students since 1994, why don't you too? YFU recruits hostfamilies regardless of their cultural or language background. Read more about our hosting program by clicking here... Hostfamilies can apply by dowloading the hostfamily application form (see link below), and sending the completed forms to their regional YFU representative or the national office in Cape Town.
Download the YFU host family application form

JVC Website
YFU IS PASSIONATE ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR YOUTH. The junior volunteers of YFU, consisting mostly of former YFU exchange students (returnees), but also other interested young people, have recently formed the YFU Junior Volunteer Council (JVC). The JVC is a nation-wide body with its own mission statement and constitution, and has representation on the national Board of YFU. For more information on the JVC, click on the JVC website link to the left.
Jaymion Hendricks (Chair) and Fezekile Zondo (Vice-Chair) of the JVC



Grey College Bloemfontein

Youth for Understanding South Africa - Design: Hans Strijdom