The Student Global Meetup for AFSers who will start their study abroad programs this year took place this past Saturday, May 20, gathering over 1000 students on Zoom and YouTube live stream combined!

During the virtual session, students got to interact with their global peers and engage in intercultural activities, games and cultural quizzes led by qualified AFS facilitators from five different countries – Chile, Denmark, India, Paraguay and Thailand. AFS alumni from Canada, Chile, Guatemala and Indonesia, also joined the meetup, to share about their AFS experiences and answer questions from students.

Check out the video below for highlights of the meetup!


On an AFS program, every student does more than just travel—they go on a learning journey. This virtual meetup kicked off the young students’ preparation for their AFS study abroad programs later this year. The new generation of AFSers will combine their in-person intercultural exchange program with virtual learning in a global community.

Before, during and after their program, every AFSer benefits from an educational curriculum based on a proven educational methodology that we have developed over 75 years of intercultural learning, and recently updated in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS).

At the end of their learning journey, every student leaves with the “AFS superpowers” that they need to make the world a better place through active global citizenship: adaptability, critical thinking, self-awareness, empathy, communication, valuing differences, open-mindedness, global awareness, and change-making.

Find out more about the AFS Student Learning Journey here.