About AFH

Founder’s Message

AFH is a global community of international students and American hosts who are committed to providing a warm homestay environment that fosters cultural immersion, exchange, and lifelong friendships that span continents. We believe both students and hosts are cultural ambassadors, and that AFH promote global friendships lasting a lifetime.


To provide security and support to international students and to hosts, to ensure a positive educational and homestay experience.


To connect people from different countries and cultures through the support for global education.


AFH was founded on the grounds of international friendship and community, which remain our highest priorities, as they encourage a successful immersion and international experience.

Established as a small community of international students in the summer of 2005 in Sacramento, California, AFH came from humble beginnings. Knowing how hard it was for an individual to navigate a foreign country on his or her own, a group of international students came together, lent each other support, and grew as a group as time passed.

What started with eight students, today AFH has become a wide network for international students to interact, help one another, and immerse themselves in their education and gain the cultural experience needed to succeed on the competitive international market. AFH has grown from providing friendship, community, and support to an organization providing a full range of support services to ensure security, convenience, and stability.



Nhut M. Chiem

Nhut M. Chiem has extensive experience working with international businesses, as well as with students. Previously, Nhut served as the Chief of Operations of an international company, during which he traveled to 23 different countries. He is culturally sensitive, having worked with people from many different ethnic backgrounds.

Nhut’s interest in student services led him to pursue a path in secondary education, which resulted in his serving as an administrator providing support and guidance to students. He is fortunate in that he was able to merge his two greatest professional interests–international business and student support. He is passionate about working with international students, and supporting them in obtaining their educational goals.



Sarah E. Kim

Sarah E. Kim obtained her bachelor’s degree in English, with honors, from the University of the Pacific. She then obtained her juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Sarah’s passion is connecting international students to local American hosts, creating a positive experience for both students and hosts.



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