Virtual Exchange for Teens

High-impact, educational, fun and truly global virtual programs based on decades of expertise in the field, our programs build your personal and professional changemaker mindset and skills.

AFS Global You Adventurer

Explore the world from home, make new friends and experience new cultures. With this one-of-a-kind online program you will learn about connecting with people across cultures and become part of a global community. Choose from a range of start dates throughout the year.

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¡Hablamos español! Explora el mundo desde tu casa, descubre nuevas culturas, conoce nuevos amigos y conviértete en un Ciudadano Global.

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AFS Global You Changemaker

Change the world, become part of a global community, and learn about social innovation with  two world-class organizations! This program will teach you the tools you need to create your social impact project and become a Global Changemaker, no matter where you are. It was developed by AFS in partnership with the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution. 

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Virtual Exchange for Adults

Becoming a globally competent human and developing intercultural skills should be a learning opportunity available to anyone and everyone.
Whether you teach, study, work or simply coexist in a culturally diverse environment, global competence is one of the most powerful tools to collaborate and build a better world together.
Global Up for Individuals will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work collaboratively with people from other backgrounds and cultures and learn more about yourself in the process.

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Why choose an AFS Virtual Exchange?

  1. Connect with peers from all around the world.

  2. Join a global community of AFS Global Citizens.

  3. Gain 21st century skills that will help your future studies and career.

  4. Earn a Certificate that will help you stand out.

  5. Begin making a difference in the world.

  6. Learn to see the world through different eyes without leaving your home.

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the impact of virtual exchange

AFS exchanges are based on research

Virtual exchanges have a meaningful immediate impact on the development of global competence among high-school aged youth around the world, an AFS study found. The “AFS Global You Virtual Exchange Impact Study” conducted by independent researchers, and funded by a grant from the Stevens Initiative implies that it is crucial for students to have meaningful intercultural exchanges, which can be virtual, to develop global competence.

The results of the study demonstrate that short virtual programs, such as the five-week AFS Global You Adventurer, provide immediate growth in aspects of youth global competence, especially in terms of having a more positive view of peers from other cultures, being able to actively withhold judgement of others, and their cross-cultural communication skills.

Decades of experience + partnership with fellow experts

AFS has been transforming lives and developing active global citizens through our intercultural education programs for over 75+ years. For the AFS Global You Changemaker program we partnered with the University of Pennsylvania’s (Penn) Center for Social Impact Strategy (CSIS), an Ivy League University and one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world. 


Information for parents

Help your teen gain valuable skills while having a fun and productive time, unleash their creativity, develop a social impact project and join the global AFS community. Trust AFS to help them build lifelong ties in an international community while developing key 21st century competencies. 

Participants in AFS online programs receive a Certificate to help them stand apart, and prepare them for their future studies and work. Plus, your child will be eligible for a discount on future study abroad with AFS.