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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COVID-19 causes international exchanges to end early

Early in March, some 7,000 students had to end their AFS study abroad programs early. AFS, a leading international education organization, rapidly reconfigured and deployed a virtual learning platform to provide those thousands of…continue


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A commitment to service in times of crisis

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Update on the AFS 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

AFS ended its 2020 exchange programs early because we strongly believe it is in the best interest of our participants to be back with their families in their home countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current trajectory of the pandemic makes it difficult to predict how the situation will evolve.  Increasingly and at a rapid pace, governments are moving to close borders and implement measures to quarantine. Many countries have suspended schools, closed borders, and enforced strict quarantine measures.

In light of this, we made the difficult decision to end programs and implement a coordinated global plan to bring home participants where possible and safe. We are working individually with each participant and family to arrange for what is best for them in the current circumstances. AFS will continue to provide all program support and services to those participants that must remain under the care of the host family for the time being.

We are committed to returning students in the safest way possible. Return travel plans will take into consideration official information from reliable sources, like the World Health Organization and national governments, as well as the urgency and safety of moving our participants.