AFS Intercultural Programs affirms our commitment to resume programming for the second half of 2020 in a number of locations and where feasible. As a global network, we are actively re-assessing conditions on a country-by-country basis keeping participant safety and well-being our number one priority. For 2020 and beyond, we will be launching an innovative, impact-driven new AFS program experience that builds on the classic AFS exchange program, to ensure the best participant experience, and catalyze the next generation of leaders ready to pursue and deliver on our mission of active global citizenship.

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News & announcements

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    AFS to resume limited study abroad programming for 2020 with heightened safety protocols and innovative program content

    Since March, when COVID-19 forced AFS to suspend study abroad programs, many AFSers have been wondering if and when our exchange programs will resume. Today, we are able to announce…
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    Re-entry in Crisis: 3 key strategies to support students during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or cut short intercultural learning for over 5 million study abroad participants and international students. The already challenging process of returning home after an international…
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    COVID-19 causes international exchanges to end early, but global learning grows stronger virtually

    AFS helps thousands of students continue building global competence using a new online education platform Over 5,800 high school students in 50+ countries whose study abroad programs were abruptly cut…
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    Global citizenship: No longer optional

    by Daniel Obst, President & CEO, AFS Intercultural Programs The coronavirus has changed everyday life for everyone. This moment of slowing down, spending so much time at home, rationing supplies…
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    A commitment to service in times of crisis

    by Daniel Obst, President & CEO, AFS Intercultural Programs   We’re living through some of the biggest challenges of our generation that will likely shape our lives for years to…
  3. Update on the AFS Response to COVID-19

    AFS Intercultural Programs is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the measures and actions by global health experts and government officials, including the declaration by the World Health…

AFS Intercultural Programs Response to COVID-19

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AFS is one of the largest and most enduring not-for-profit international exchange organizations, with a mission to provide intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

To help AFS protect decades of knowledge from our committed volunteers, host families and staff, and to allow AFS to continue empowering the next generation of active Global Citizens, please consider contributing to the AFS COVID-19 Response Fund.