Becoming globally competent requires more than simply interacting with someone from a different culture. AFS Global Competence Webinars were full of inspiration, learning, and sharing of best practices on the hot topics in global competence development. Catch up on the recording of AFS’s series of webinars for International Education Week and you’ll experience both personal growth and become better prepared to make a positive impact on others seeking to become more globally minded.
Watch AFS Global Competence Webinars for International Education Week
Latest news and events
Sentio Global Education Network and Purdue University enter three-year partnership to advance global competence educationA new collaboration between Sentio Global Education Network, a not-for-profit subsidiary of AFS Intercultural Programs, and Purdue University will advance…
AFS Intercultural Programs elects new leaders to the Board of TrusteesAFS Intercultural Programs has welcomed three new members to the Board of Trustees: Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi, Najmuzzaman Mohammad, and Dr.…
AFS Remembers Edwin R. Masback, Jr. (1917-2017)It is with great sadness that AFS Intercultural Programs announce the death of AFS World War II volunteer, one of…
Global education tips & tools
How to teach about culture when you are a foreign language teacherMore and more foreign language syllabi include an intercultural dimension in their design. Foreign language teachers rely on specialized content…
5 ways you can use intercultural learning in your classroomMany educators are passionate about intercultural learning, and some become AFS as volunteers to learn more about this topic. Intercultural…
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…
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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.
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—Giulia Andar, AFS student from Italy to Germany
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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.
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“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
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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.
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“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
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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.