AFS develops active global citizens who take action to make a positive difference where they live, study, work and volunteer.

Our study abroad, education and volunteer programs empower people of all ages and backgrounds with essential intercultural knowledge, skills and understanding.

As a leading nonprofit international education organization, we believe global competence is fundamental to building just and peaceful societies.


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2019 AFS Global Conference: 9 – 11 October 2019 IN Montreal, Canada

Active Global Citizenship—and How to Educate for It

Together, let’s make global competence education a reality for young people everywhere.

Collaborate with doers, thinkers and funders working on viable solutions to empower more active global citizens who will change the world.

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Introducing the AFS Global Citizen Prize for Young Leaders

The new AFS annual award recognizes one extraordinary young person (up to age 30) whose actions help create a more just, peaceful, and tolerant world. The winner will receive a US$10,000 cash prize made possible thanks to a generous AFS alumni donor.

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AFS delivers mission-driven impact three ways


We develop active global citizens to take action


We globalize schools and institutions with tools and programs


We expand access to intercultural education with scholarships and outreach.

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“Broadening the perspectives of our next generation of leaders and empowering them to communicate, negotiate and collaborate across differences is mission critical if we want to combat the rising tide of intolerance we see everywhere.”


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