Facundo Mendez

Global Citizenship Education: Essential for Employability & the 21st Century Workforce

3rd Annual AFS Asia-Pacific International Global Citizenship Education Forum | 20-23 April 2017, New Delhi, India

AFS, the AFS Asia-Pacific Initiative (AAI) together with education practitioners and researchers,  corporations, institutions, policy-makers and others in Asia-Pacific are addressing issues that both hinder and help to advance the Global Citizenship Education movement. Follow AFS on Twitter and the #AFSGCEDForum hashtag for regular updates from the event.

More information

Upcoming education events around the world

The following are global and intercultural education events organized by AFS and other organizations around the world. If you know of any events that should be on this list, please contact us at

To sign up to receive monthly highlights containing the latest blog posts, new education materials and upcoming conferences go here:

Past education events


Developing Global Mindsets for Hong Kong’s Future

AFS Intercultural Exchanges Hong Kong and the Asia Society Hong Kong Center convened a joint panel discussion “Developing Global Mindsets for Hong Kong’s Future”, on 29 March 2017 at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center. A group of distinguished panelists tackled issues such as youth development, intercultural learning and appreciation, education for students to cultivate interpersonal perspectives.

More information

The Unspoken Sacred

The Unspoken Sacred, organized by the Intercutura Foundation in Bari, Italy took place from 31 March to 2 April 2017 and focused on the difficulty of dealing with religious differences in intercultural dialogue and training. Conference participants concluded that having more open and informed discussions will help people understand the roots of our cultural behavious and mindsets.

Learn more
AFS FRA Forum Citoyen 3

Living, Learning and Innovating Together

AFS Vivre Sans Frontière (AFS France) convened an international forum about “Living, Learning and Innovating Together” in Paris, France on 4 March 2017. Almost 150 participants interested in creating bridges between diverse organizations and individuals discovered concrete and innovative initiatives responding to the significant need for intercultural dialogue in our society.

Find out more

Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE)

The topic of the seventh annual Forum on Intercultural Learning and Exchange (FILE) was “The intercultural training of teachers: what, when, how?”. This event is sponsored by the Intercultura Foundation (AFS Italy), the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) and AFS Intercultural Programs, and it took place in Colle Val d’Elsa, Italy. Sixty experts, researchers and practitioners in the field of international youth exchanges and intercultural learning exchanged research and practical ideas on teacher training and tools to provide intercultural learning opportunities for pupils, especially in secondary schools. They concluded that teachers have the ability to transform lives and the responsibility to help students learn to live together.

Find out more

IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit

AFS Intercultural Programs and AFS USA facilitated a highly interactive workshop, “Fostering Global Competency and Creating Pathways to Study Abroad”, preceding the 2016 IIE Generation Study Abroad Summit. The workshop was attended by Generation Study Abroad partners, leaders in education, faculty members, teachers and students. The workshop focused on how intercultural learning experiences and study abroad can address and reduce cultural barriers. Participants left this session with easy-to-implement experiential learning activities, resources to develop global competency and strategies to promote study abroad in different settings.

Event website

EFEITO+ Global Citizenship Education Workshop & Forum

AFS Brazil and AFS International jointly hosted a community impact event during the 2016 World Congress. The EFEITO+ Global Citizenship Education Workshop & Forum leveraged the principles of global citizenship education and intercultural learning to help Rio de Janeiro-area students address critical local social challenges and advance the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their country. This public event connected the AFS global leadership with local youth and schools for a meaningful community intercultural learning opportunity. The event had two parts: an all-day Workshop on Sunday, 23 October and an evening Forum on Wednesday, 26 October.

Watch this video

AFS convenes world leaders on global citizenship education

AFS celebrated its 100th anniversary by holding two international Symposiums at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France in November 2014. The high level Learning to Live Together—from Ideas to Action: AFS Global Intercultural Education Symposium and the 100 Years Young! Youth Workshop & Symposium addressed the critical challenges, concerns, opportunities and debates surrounding global citizenship education.


AFS Centennial Celebrations

More than 1,200 members of the AFS Global Community, representing 57 countries, convened in Paris to observe the 100th Anniversary of the American Field Service (AFS). The AFS 2014 World Congress kicked off the event. The theme—The AFS Effect: Daring to Create Change—encouraged delegates to identify future opportunities for the organization. As a world leader in intercultural learning, AFS held two symposiums at UNESCO Headquarters to advocate expanding global citizenship education. To celebrate, AFSers of all ages reconnected at the AFS Returnee Day and Centennial Gala.