At AFS we have carefully considered the issues of importance to young people today and designed programs tailor-made to ensure an in depth educational experience that can fit into your vacations! Available for individuals and groups the AFS Academies provide the perfect opportunity to explore 4 critical themes. Group programs can be customized in discussion with our experienced teams to meet your curricular needs.

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Ask yourself...

What am I totally into? ...

  • gender equality, LGBTQ + rights, the refugee situation in Europe 
    • We have the AFS Human Rights Academies
  • … drones and rockets, DNA, sustainable energy
      • We have the AFS STEM Academies
  • … exploring different cultures, arts, food, architecture, languages
      • We have the AFS Cultural Heritage and Language Academies
  • … Greta and her movements, volunteering, social impact
    • We have the AFS Sustainability Academies

4 Academy focuses

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Human Rights

explore human rights issues such as racism, gender quality, unemployment, LGBTQ+ rights and more

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STEM

for the budding scientists amongst us with options around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

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Language and Culture

for the young explorers looking to become global communicators, make new friends and experience new cultures

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Sustainability

programs revolving around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals from climate change to conservation

Focuses

See below for some example programs available already in 2020 with more to come for 2021. For the latest information on dates, prices and customization for groups, please inquire below.

The AFS Human Rights Academies give an in depth view of issues facing local cultures and communities in different countries, from the plight of refugees to LGBTQ+ rights and more.

Group Academies

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By trusting AFS to run your group programs you are partnering with an organization that has a proud history of over 100 years contributing to a mission founded on the ideals of volunteerism and intercultural understanding. As an exchange organization, AFS has over 70 years experience running programs for high school students and young adults. With over 12,000 participants per year and an alumni of over 500,000 you can rest assured the programs are tried and tested!

All our programs provide extensive intercultural learning opportunities actively guiding your students to increase their Global Competence. Development of this “power skill” is critical for access to 21st century employment and ongoing education.  Whether you are looking to fulfil elements of your CAS program as an IB school, your commitments to the Round Square Ideals or more, our portfolio includes themed opportunities in our four focusses around the world. 

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Human Rights in

Argentina

Students will learn about historic and modern LGBTQ & Human Rights issues in Argentina with three weeks of intensive language classes, academic workshops and cultural activities. Each week students will have the chance to enjoy an intensive Spanish course along with lectures and visits to understand the context of human rights, focusing on the LGBTQ Community in Latin America. Students will also get a chance to escape the city at a local gaucho ranch to ride horses and have a traditional Argentine dishes. 

  • Learn about historic and modern human rights issues in Argentina 
  • Experience the cultural wonders of Buenos Aires including Tango lessons, tours of La Boca, Mate and local food tasting and more
  • Learn Spanish immersed on Argentinian culture
  • Explore Gender Studies in the first Latin American country to legalise same-sex marriage, also cited as an “exemplary country for transgender rights” by the World Health Organisation
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Culture and Language in

Denmark

Enjoy a truly transformational experience with one month at a Danish “Efterskole” exploring cultural differences, learning Danish and English and participating in interesting activities and cultural excursions. Experience the vibrant social life at the school, as each year Ranum welcomes hundreds of students from Denmark and around the world.

  • Experience the joy of attending a traditional Danish “Efterskole”
  • Live and learn alongside students from Denmark and diverse cultures around the world
  • Experience a huge variety of exciting extra-curricular activities in your spare time with your new friends
  • Visit a Danish family
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Cultural heritage and Language in

Tunisia

During this program students will learn and practice Arabic / French  surrounded by Tunisia’s rich and diverse culture. Positioned in the center of the Mediterranean, Tunisia has always been a melting pot of civilizations and cultures, throughout its 3,000 year history and its prehistoric past of El Guettar (Gafsa). 

Tunisia is considered to be one of the first sanctuaries of humanity with ethnic diversity and intercultural dialogue characterizing the nation. In 1857 the fundamental pact (Ahd el Aman) abolished slavery, gave freedom of religious  practice, equality before the law as well as tax, security of minorities and free practice of trades by foreigners living in Tunisia.

  • Tunisian life during a homestay
  • Certified Intensive Modern Standard Arabic Course
  • Intercultural Learning
  • Cultural excursions to incredible locations
  • Social and leisure activities
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STEM in

India

This 4 week STEM Academy focusses on practical lab learning, company/industry visits, Indian cultural and sports activities. Students will get an opportunity to stay with a host family for the entire duration and be part of a group of high school students from around the world.

  • STEM Classes (both theoretical and practical) for the participants
  • Lab based, hands on and practical learning every day
  • Involvement of participants in extracurricular activities like Music, Dance, Arts etc.
  • Industry/company visits in the STEM field for practical exposure
  • Local Sightseeing
  • Staying with a host family
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Culture and Language in

Wales

An unforgettable 2 – 4 weeks’ experience for Young Learners at Celtic English Academy in Cardiff, UK. The immersion experience combines a varied social and cultural programme with engaging English lessons so that learners can experience Welsh and British culture and heritage they’ll never forget in one of the top ten places in the world to visit.

  • Improving your English skills with 15 hrs of General English per wk
  • 1 Global Communication & Culture workshop per wk
  • Exciting day trips to historic cities London, Oxford & Bath
  • An interesting and varied Social and Cultural Activity Programme
  • A local community experience, discovering life in Cardiff
  • Stay in homestay accommodation and see British life
  • Connect with people from the UK and around the world
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Culture and leadership in

Malaysia

Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures and religions with a diverse population consisting of different ethnic groups: Malay, Indian, Chinese and other ethnic minorities.

The program exposes participants to Malaysia’s multiculturalism and at the same time unlocks the true potential of participants through outdoor experiential activities.

  • Experience one of Malaysia’s main festivals ( eg. Eid, Chinese New Year, Deepavali) living in a host family 
  • Continuing on to the packed Outward Bound leadership and adventure program with a malaysian “host sibling”
  • Visit a “Cultural Village” staying with a local family and stay one night with the locals
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Sustainability

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The AFS Sustainability Academies deeply explore a range of topics directly concerned with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. These options will be coming soon in 2021 and may include items such as:

  • SDG13: Climate Action programs exploring climate change and renewable energies
  • SDG 15: Life on Land programs working on ecosystem conservation programs
  • SDG 5: Gender Equality programs focussed on female empowerment
  • SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation programs constructing rainwater harvesting systems

What is Global Citizenship?

In a more interconnected world, we all must not only learn to participate but also appreciate and benefit from cultural differences

Globally competent individuals can examine local, global and intercultural issues, understand and appreciate different perspectives and world views, interact successfully and respectfully with others, and take responsible action toward sustainability and collective well-being. At AFS we aim to develop responsible citizens through intentional intercultural learning, to inspire you to take action in your community and the world.

All students will be guided through the AFS Student Learner Journey for short programs.  This education curriculum is designed to support learners participating in an international experience, before, during and after.  It involves both online modules as well as local orientations and learning moments that encourage students to  learn more about themselves, broaden their  perspectives on global issues and concerns, and help them understand that workable solutions need to be culturally sensitive to succeed.

 The content is designed to meet key educational goals that help learners develop as Active Global Citizens in the following areas:

  • Personal Growth
  • Co-creating with others
  • Understanding the World
  • Taking Action

Want to learn more?

Thank you for your interest, we will pass your interest to the most relevant AFS Organization who will work with you to provide further information. Participants must be under 18 to be eligible for an AFS Academy. If you are a teacher or group leader interested in a customized group program please include that as an option in your selected preferences.
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