For the fourth-annual Reel Life Contest, we’re asking host families and exchange students to shed light on their shared experience of navigating cultural differences: how are we different, how are we the same?
From entry deadlines to the Grand Prize selection, find out everything you need to know about the contest below.
All host families based in the U.S. and exchange students who are or were hosted in the U.S. and are in good standing with AFS-USA are eligible to enter.
To enter, submit a 1-minute video or a photo and caption that highlights your exchange program experience and responds to the question, "How are we different, how are we the same?"
Visit the Reel Life entry page to submit your materials by May 7.
Every one of our host families and exchange students is deserving of our praise and admiration, but we can only pick one winning entry.
A group of 25 finalists will be selected based on total vote count from a two-week public voting period.
From these top finalists, we’ll randomly select a winner during a Facebook Live broadcast in early June!
The exchange student and host family who submi the winning entry will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Orlando, Florida! The trip will include flights, accommodations, meals, and passes to a theme park.
Refer to the terms and conditions for a complete explanation of the contest’s rules, guidelines, and Grand Prize details.
Hosting an international exchange student gives families and their entire community exposure to the perspective of a friendly visitor from another culture.
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Host families and exchange students are the key to building bridges of understanding between cultures. Since 1947, AFS has been on a global mission to create a more just and peaceful world.
Today, we bring students to the U.S. from more than 90 countries and match them with caring host families who are eager to learn more about the world. Each year in the United States alone, more than 2,200 host families say “yes” to hosting and are supported by 4,000 active volunteers and a committed support staff.