We need more young people to solve world problems
Intercultural experiences; innovative learning journeys
AFS international programs are supported by facilitated intercultural and global competency curriculums.
AFS volunteers are trained to guide unique intercultural learning journeys for students, families and other volunteers.
AFS transformed hosting into a creative intercultural learning program, complete with objectives and activities.
AFS helps schools create dynamic intercultural workshops, class exchanges and events to enrich the entire school community.
Global Competence Certificate
A blended learning program that develops tangible global skills essential to live, work, and make a real social impact around the world, including:
- GCC at Home gives learners the opportunity to collaborate effectively across difference through the online program that requires no travel.
- GCC Study Abroad develops learners’ global competence before, during and after their international experience.
- The special edition of the GCC, provides and educational platform for students whose study abroad has been disrupted by COVID-19.
AFS Global Competence Readiness Index for Schools
Join a growing movement of educators looking to globalize their schools.
Global competence education helps students take their first steps to becoming global citizens. Young people need global skills, knowledge and understanding to thrive and develop meaningful connections with others no matter where they live, study, volunteer and work—now and for their future. The AFS Global Competence Readiness Index for Schools provides an easy-to-use way to assess where your school is at in terms of helping students develop essential 21st-century skills.
Empowering and activating global citizens through local workshops
AFS Effect+ Program are customizable, interactive workshops that introduce young people to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they can work together to help advance these goals in their communities. The program also helps teens take their first steps to becoming active global citizens by including intercultural learning and discussions of global issues.
AFS Student Intercultural Learning Journey & Curriculum
Universities and employers seek students and young adults who have a sense of the world beyond their own communities—and are comfortable interacting with people from other countries and cultures. Find out how our skills-building curriculum prepares young people to live, work and help make the world a better place at home or across the globe.
Host Family Intercultural Learning Journey & Curriculum
The AFS Host Family Program is now supported by the AFS Host Family Intercultural Learning Journey. The Learning Journey helps families support their hosted students’ intercultural experience—and prepares family members to become global citizens.
Intercultural Learning Program for AFS Volunteers and Staff
The AFS Intercultural Link Learning Program helps our volunteers and staff improve their intercultural skills, teaches them about key education theories and practices, and makes them better able to support the learning of others.
Intercultural education reinforces 21st century education goals
about themselves and the world around them
Learn and respect differences
and believe a diverse world is a stronger and more interesting place
Communicate and collaborate across cultures
in a sensitive and mindful way
Appreciate other cultures
and encourage others to be open to new ideas, attitudes and traditions
Build skills to use in STEM and other key areas
by using critical thinking and problem solving activities
Become part of the AFS global community
to build bridges across cultures and bring diverse communities together
AFS for Educators & Schools
Schools play an important role in the AFS student exchange experience. They send and host AFS students, and work with AFS to create school-based intercultural learning programs. AFS also collaborates with educators and education ministries to develop local, regional and national intercultural learning and global citizenship education policies and initiatives.
AFS Teacher Exchanges
AFS offers international professional development opportunities designed specifically for educators to become more global in their classroom practice.
AFS Classroom Exchange
AFS arranges short classroom exchange programs for a group of students to meet peers from another country and engage in intercultural learning together. Online and in-person options are available.
AFS Alliances & Partnerships
“There is a clear relevance of AFS’ work to the current programs and activities of UNESCO, particularly in the fields of education, youth, and intercultural dialogue. Indeed, cooperation between UNESCO and AFS has a solid foundation based on many areas of common interest, synergies and previous collaborations.”
—Irina Bokova, Director General, UNESCO
AFS & UNESCO
As of 2015, AFS is proud to have entered into a “consultative status” partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This status enables both organizations to collaborate on initiatives of mutual interest and social good.
AFS works closely and creatively with schools, universities, humanitarian and peace groups, governments and other NGOs on the issues that reflect our mission.
AFS Global Citizenship Education Agenda supports
UN Sustainable Development Goal #4
Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
Specifically, Goal #4 focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to promote “sustainable development” and “sustainable lifestyles,” human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
Events for active global citizens
We believe fostering intercultural learning is a powerful tool to bring diverse communities together and address conflicts and challenges. Be inspired by AFS intercultural learning events around the world.
“Pre-departure” During COVID-19: Online tools & activities for supporting intercultural learning during uncertaintyAlthough the pandemic demonstrates our global interconnectivity and why intercultural skills are essential, empowering students to develop these abilities has become increasingly challenging in times of COVID-19. Surveys show that…
AFS to resume limited study abroad programming for 2020 with heightened safety protocols and innovative program contentSince 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…
Re-entry in Crisis: 3 key strategies to support students during and after the COVID-19 pandemicThe 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…