ATAD is officially recognized by the United States Department of State and is approved by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET). ATAD is an entirely volunteer organization. Many members of the organization have had their own children in the program, have been host families, or have been an exchange student themselves.
ATAD has a network of Liaisons in each city who coordinate placement of Americans Overseas and recruitment of International Students coming to the USA. International Liaisons and their US counterparts engage and communicate with the students and families to assure a rewarding experience for all.