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About YFU Ecuador

Meet YFU

Youth For Understanding is a worldwide movement of committed individuals and organizations working together to prepare young people for their responsibilities and challenges in a changing, interdependent global community. YFU’s national organizations share a common mission and vision for the future.

Today, YFU is one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most respected international educational exchange programs. Youth For Understanding (YFU) was established in 1951 as a private, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting international understanding and world peace through exchange programs for high school students. As one of the oldest and largest exchange organizations in the world, YFU has arranged for nearly 200,000 high school students to live with families worldwide. YFU students gain skills and perspectives necessary to meet the challenges of a changing world, and benefit from the opportunities the fast-changing global community has to offer.

The national office is located in Quito. There are 4 people working in the main office, plus 7 area representatives in the various regions. We are here for you if you have questions or need anything. You are always welcome to stop by our offices!

Your main support person is going to be the Area Rep in your city. He/she’s going to support you during your exchange experience and is the first person to contact if you need help.
If for some reason your host family cannot help you with a problem, or if you require more information, please do not hesitate to call the YFU National office in Quito. Office hours are from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Office phone numbers: (593-2) 246 2682 or 246 3230 or 225 7969