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New Tool to Support Global Competence Development in SchoolsPilot study finds that despite national mandates to develop global competence skills in students, schools are not prepared to meet…
Emotional intelligence is the basis for global competenceTogether with a number of content partners, AFS is convening the AFS Global Conference under the topic “Global Competence: Our…
How to inspire curiosity for intercultural learning?Let’s set the scene. You are an intercultural trainer and you’re standing in front of a packed room filled with…
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Interview with Carlos Torres: Altering the way we understand education and learning in the 21st centuryCarlos Alberto Torres, Distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA and UNESCO Chair in Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education discusses…
Who is who at the AFS Global Conference?The 2018 AFS Global Conference will provide a unique opportunity for alignment and cooperation among all sectors who have a stake…
Do you need to attend the Starbucks unconscious bias training?by Bert Vercamer, Chief Program Innovation and Educational Products Officer at AFS Intercultural Programs The case where two African-American men got…
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Forget your comfort zone, become a global citizen with AFS
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.
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
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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.