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.
AFS events around the world
Young people need empathy, flexibility and critical thinking to be globally mindedIn this article, you will read about: What skills and attitudes young people need to become globally minded The role educators…
Collaboration, empathy and self-awareness are key skills of global citizens, an AFS forum concludesIn this article, you will read about: Key skills of global citizens and important prerequisites for learning to live together…
Overcoming the silence on religions and intercultural dialogueIn this article, you will read about: Best practices and steps to take to overcome hurdles in interfaith dialogue What…
Global education news
How to integrate intercultural learning into your classroomIn this article, you will find out: Why researchers consider global competence to be a crucial 21st century skill for…
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…
Benefits of an Intercultural ClassroomIn this article you will read about why intercultural learning is a vital 21st century learning tool for school communities.…
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.
Creating global citizens, empowering changemakers
These days you don’t have to go far to find an AFSer making a difference in local communities, across industries or at the forefront of an important international issue or social cause.
Connect with AFSers from around the world!