AFS exchange student programme looking for lgbtqi+ families in Iceland

“We want to increase the diversity of the families that are hosting the students,” says Kristín Björnsdóttir, project manager at AFS. “One of our aims is to campaign for a more peaceful and just world and decrease prejudices.”

This is reported by website

Gay Iceland.

Every year there are 35 foreign students, between 15 and 18 years old, coming to Iceland through AFS and living with Icelandic families for 3 to 10 months. Kristín says that no queer family has ever housed one of those students and she feels it’s about time to change that.


“AFS worldwide is reaching out to other kinds of families than the traditional; mom, dad, two kids family, and part of that is trying to get queer families to host some of the students. We want to break down this image of the “normal” family and increase the diversity in the group that foreign students can choose from.”

“In our eyes queer families are just as normal as the traditional family and we think it would be a good part of broadening horizons for straight kids to live with them.”

Read the full report HERE. 

For families interested, the AFS office is in Skipholt 50C, the telephone number is 552 5450 and the email address is info-isl@afs.org. 

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