Whether you are in high school, at a university or jump-starting your career, AFS has the right program for you! Go to school, learn another language or check out our cultural internships and volunteer abroad opportunities. Host families and volunteers are waiting to help make your intercultural learning experience the best time of your life.
Latest news and events
Global Competence: Our Future, Our Responsibility26-28 September 2018 | Budapest, Hungary
New strategy advances historic AFS peace and justice mission through three bold impact goalsAFS is pleased to announce the release of our new strategy. The AFS Intercultural Programs Strategy 2018-2022 outlines the organization’s…
AFS welcomes the new Global Competence Frameworkby Daniel Obst, President and CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs Today the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched…
Global education tips & tools
AFS fosters intercultural competence through 5 free webinarsDigital and online learning are among the key ways to make intercultural education more inclusive and available to diverse groups…
What AFS programs taught me about myself and othersThis article was written by Theresa Boyd, an AFS exchange student from New Zealand, studying abroad in Denmark. Theresa describes her…
New test to assess global competence of teenagers worldwideIn this article, you will learn: How the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development defines global competence, How global competence…
Forget your comfort zone, become a global citizen with AFS
Explore a planet full of possibilities
“Discover a new culture, a new language. Make friends for life from all parts of the world. It’s a year in which you’ll grow up and get to know yourself—your limits and your capabilities. You’ll change completely in the best way possible.”
—Giulia Andar, AFS student from Italy to Germany
Welcome a new family member
Host an AFSer
Expose your family to a world outside of their own by helping an international student achieve her global dreams. Explore a new culture and share your family life and traditions.
Experience your world through the eyes of a young person from another country
“Being a host family is both a challenge and a pleasure. We are watching a complete stranger become close to us, and how we are becoming important to him. It’s almost two months since Mateo arrived and he already has a place in our family. We are teaching him about life in Serbia, and learning about life in Sicily. When our relatives call, the first thing they ask is no longer ‘How are you doing?’, but ‘What is Mateo up to?’.”
—Tijana Marjanovic, AFS host sister from Serbia
Ready to change the world?
Volunteer for AFS
Explore your potential and pick from a choice of roles and flexible schedules. Benefit from our exceptional volunteer training programs, develop your leadership skills and help others learn how to live together.
Engaging with my community; meeting people from around the world
“Joining my local group of AFS volunteers gave me the opportunity to develop many skills, such as how to work in a team and interact with people from different backgrounds. As an AFS volunteer, I am more engaged in my community and I meet people from all over the world. Helping students, teachers and families embark on intercultural learning adventures makes me appreciate the importance of world peace and intercultural understanding.”
—Marcela Vazquez, AFS Argentina volunteer
Discover our innovative learning journeys
Learn how AFS helps people of all ages and backgrounds develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to connect to diverse people, succeed in a global economy and help make a positive impact on the world.