YES Training of Trainers Workshop: Learning Journey from Cairo

Through the YES Training of Trainers’ Workshop, I did not only take home many photos with stories with me, but also important learning and techniques on how to become an effective trainer in the future. This always reminds us YES alumni the reason why…


PIYC 2018

The Philippine Intercultural Youth Convention 2018 last September 22 and 23, 2018 at the Great Eastern Hotel showcased well experienced speakers from different sectors of the society as well as different tribes and cultural groups in the country.


National Selection Camp in CDO

Joined by 60 qualifiers, the KL-YES National Selection and Orientation Camp was held last September 15-19, 2018 at the New Dawn Hotel Plus, Cagayan de Oro City.


AFS IPP Congress 2018: The Role of the Global Citizens in Nation Building

To recap the events, the participants engaged in focus discussions on the first day. The focus discussions aimed to empower the student participants to be global


Alumni TIES in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

by: Johnson K. Badawi, YES Alumnus - Batch 2010

Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminars (Alumni TIES) are regionally-focused gatherings for U.S. government-sponsored…


Project Bayanihan

by: Maria Ana E. Espinosa, YES Alumna - Batch 2005

Project Bayanihan, is a two-day workshop and training regarding “Anticipatory Transitional Justice happened in San Beda University College of Law last August 26, 2018.  The event organized by the…


Volunteers Help Empower a Community in the Philippines

“I was able to realize the truth of the idea that the best way to help a community is to involve the community. Every community already has the ability to improve and help themselves; sometime a little outside help may be needed to turn the ability into a capability” says Sarah Mae Ismael, YES Program 2005 Alumna.


Sea Peace Youth Camp by AFS Zamboanga Del Sur Community

The camp includes student leaders – both elementary and high school, around the coastal areas of Pagadian City to eradicate instances that would harm mankind.


Young Meranao Peace Advocates Camp (YMPAC)

For the month of July, AFS IPP Davao Community launched an activity called Young Meranao Peace Advocates Camp or YMPAC.


Filipino YES Program Scholars to the United States of America

The Pre-Departure Orientation was a series of workshop wherein students are equipped with learnings and virtues that they will be needed during their stay in the United States.


Ambassadors of Global Citizenship welcomed in the Philippines

It will be another fruitful year for AFS students, as AFS IPP welcomes them to their journey as being part of the growing global community.  As part of the AFS mission to promote intercultural learning in creating a diverse world, here they are today, these foreign participants are equipped with determination and perseverance along with the paramount goals of AFS.


How Globally Prepard is your Institution?

AFS has recently launched the Global Competence Readiness Index Tool or the Global Index Survey, where educators and schools at any grade level will be able to evaluate how prepared they are in developing their students’ global competence. The tool proves beneficial and advantageous since it provides recommendations and resources in terms of launching, developing, and improving intercultural programs and other activities.


The #YESEffect Anniversary Celebration

August 2 – 4, 2018 highlights the celebration of the 15 years of the Youth and Study Exchange (YES) Program in the Philippines. YES Program established by the Congress of the Federal Republic of the United States of America in response to the events of September 11, 2001, or what we popularly knew the 9/11 attack.


My Volunteer Experience in Germany

“It was a huge adjustment coming from the capital of the Philippines to living in a small town in the middle of the forest in Brandenburg. I was out of my comfort zone but I have no regrets” says Catherine Lukasewski, Weltwaerts Program Alumna.


Welcoming new Ambassadors of Global Citizenship!

It will be another fruitful year for this year’s AFS Students, as we welcome them as being part of the growing global community!


New batch of YES Scholars participated the Intensive English Workshop

The AFS Philippines in partnership with the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study and the US Department of State organized an Intensive English Language Workshop to train the new batch of YES Program scholars in order to help them practice and enhance their knowledge of the English Language.


Thoughts of Living A Year Abroad

To be honest, as I was getting ready for my trip abroad, I was more prepared for being alone and away from family than talking to and meeting new people. But, this wasn’t the case when I met my fellow AFS-ers for the first time. Even though we weren’t warmed up to each other right away, ice quickly started breaking due to the fun, cheery, and welcoming atmosphere coming from both AFS participants


I can't wait for my AFS experience abroad

I find it kind of funny now when I look back and remember how anxious I felt about meeting everyone else. Before the orientation, I mostly felt alone. At the time I was the only person I knew in Davao that applied for AFS, and it was quite difficult sharing with other people how I felt as none of them could really fully understand what was going on in my mind even if they try to. It almost felt like I was truly alone for some time.


AFS Taguig Community, Spreading the word of Intercultural Learning on the road

It was a flabbergasting moment for us to see how these smart students were so interested and excited about YES Program. These guys were in full energetic mode that made our roadshow more lively and interactive!


AFS Zamboanga Del Sur Community's 16 Info-Drive Session

After its recognition, AFS-IPP Zamboanga Del Sur Community has successfully conducted its YES Cycle 16 Info-drive Sessions targeting all future ambassadors and leaders around the Province of Zamboanga Del Sur, Province of Zamboanga Sibugay, and Province of Zamboanga Del Norte.


Youth from Cotabato Community conducted Info Sessions

This year, the AFS Cotabato community endeavoured to reach out to new areas and schools in North Cotabato, Maguindanao, and Sultan Kudarat. It is through the combined efforts of everyone involved that we have been able to introduce the program and its life-changing effects to the future leaders of society.


The Dream of Travelling the World

Millions of youth in the Philippines dream of traveling the world. Thousands consider becoming an exchange student. Hundreds took a shot at becoming one, but only a few deserving ones were able to make it. In order to become an exchange student, one must have the guts to embrace change within one’s self. One must also develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to become an ambassador of change.


We Are Home

Time runs really fast.Exchange students from Batch 2017-2018 for K-L YES came home after a life changing experience in the United States. They all gathered in their Re-entry Orientation after 10 months. Everybody was very eager to see their friends and family. Most of them were sad from leaving the people that became close to their hearts. 


AFS Joins an Adventure with ADZU

As Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) welcomes new batch of blue blooded eagles this school year, the Office of Students Affairs in partnership with the university’s official student council, El Consejo Atenista, conducted a two-day Orientation Seminar (OrSem) for the freshmen on June 08 to June 9, 2018 with its theme “Supernova 2018” in the Multi-purpose Covered Court.


The Importance of Intercultural Learning

School is one of the the most popular avenue for us to acquire knowledge, skills, and values in order to better understand the individuals and the society. However, it has been evident that people, nowadays, have left cultural sensitivity aside despite the level of education they have received. With globalization and modernization it is inevitable for everyone to learn and accept intercultural learning.


We are Different but We are One

In the Philippines, we have been taught in schools only of “one” history.  A history that points out to the country alone from colonization to modernization. The oneness of this so called nation, have set aside its bountiful culture, its diversity, and its uniqueness that calls for the “reality” of being the Philippines. Yet, we can no longer filter the embeded-ness of the truth that lies in this country so called a work in progress. AFS’ initiative to start a Dialogue on what Being a Muslim is in the Philippines is one of the start for us Filipinos to open our eyes to the truth and to our reality – we are diverse as a country.


Host Family Experience

With my hosting experience, I learned that different cultural backgrounds didn’t matter at all because we can always be united as long as we meet challenges with a level head. Whatever sort of experiences that come along our way we help one grow maturely – both the hosting and hosted participant learn and grow together. A lasting relationship is slowly building up amongst each other each passing day.


More than 60 Foreign Participants Completed their Cultural Exchange in the Philippines

After a year of immersing into the Filipino culture and living far away from home to experience the #AFSeffect, students from different countries graduated from the program and returned to their home countries


365 Roses for the Mother's Day

There are 365 days in a year and every day we experience and meet something new. However, we know that despite life’s uncertainties there is always one thing that would remain constant in every single moment we spend on this earth – our Mother’s love.


Five Reasons Why Global Citizenship Education Should be Part of Your Curriculum

As the era of globalization takes place, the world makes everyone closer and promotes higher demand of global interactions. We meet people from different places with unique skills, talents, and personal advocacy.


These are my Words for you to Hear

A famous author once said, “The Republic of the Philippines is a rich country pretending to be poor.” Our country has an abundant natural resources which at times is incomparable to another country. However, these resources could never be enough to support the development of country without it being used and utilized properly. Sadly, just like an interesting movie, that is our plot twist.


Breaking Stereotypes of the World

Germans are cold and direct. Russians are always angry. Italians are all pasta and noise. Filipinos are nothing more than Asians born from Spanish colonialism. These are all stereotypes – a misconception formed from the various views of the history of a certain country or bloodline.


AFS IPP One with the Launching of S.M.I.L.E Project and the Rehabilitation of Marawi

The University of the Philippines (UP) Institute of Islamic Studies in partnership with Research Association for Islamic Social Sciences, Inc. (RAIS), Center for Integrated Development Studies – Islamic Studies Program..


YES Alumni calls for Peace in MaguindaNOW

A group of young leaders from Mindanao are paving their way to build a mentally healthier Philippines through their various projects directly concerning the affected areas of Maguindanao.


Slice of Life from Marinduque: Living with the Lagar Family

My name is Sébastien Merel and I am a French Canadian from Quebec. For one month, I had the chance to be a member of the Lagar – a Filipino family in the island of Marinduque. It was an experience that I will never forget.


GENSAN Youth Leaders celebrates Global Youth Service Day

Celebrating the youth service day across the globe commemorates the historical efforts of millions of young people – children and youth who dynamically improved their communities through service.


AFS IPP attends ENTECH Summit 2018

The AFS IPP National Director Ms. Armieyah Ayob shared the importance of embodying Global Competence for the future Entrepreneurs and Innovators planning to get employed and accepted in a multinational corporation around the world.


Northern Mindanao Community shares the benefits of hosting Exchange students

For the past five years, AFS IPP has been instrumental in uniting students from different parts of the globe alongside with the volunteers, host families and schools across the region of Northern Mindanao.


Celebrating Global Impact

Last March 18-25, 2018 the AFS Intercultural Program Philippines participated in the AFS-USA Intercultural Programs Conference – ECA Sponsored Workshop which is held in Alexandria, Virginia, USA.


The AFSeffect Event

On its mission of empowering citizens from across the globe and cultivating intercultural learning, the AFS IPP conducts its three-day YES and Jenesys Program Coordinators Training and workshop this April 13-15, 2018 at The Linden Suites Hotel, Pasig City.


Never a Year Lost!

Time really flies but still looks like yesterday when I am carrying an exaggerated amount of luggage and took a flight with other exchange students to get here which is literally on the other side of the world.


“I am an exchange student.”

Every time these words leave my mouth I am filled with a sense of joy and pride. To be able to call yourself an exchange student, to be included in a community – more than that, a family – that extends worldwide, to be part of a cause much larger than yourself – who wouldn’t be proud to call themselves an exchange student?


Expanding Intercultural opportunities through AFS School Club

The start of 2018 has offered a lot of opportunities for AFS Philippines to widen its network among communities and schools around the country by officially implementing the new strategy of establishing AFS School Club.


A vision for Marinduque – AGREA

My name is Sébastien and I am an IT man from North America. I wanted to do my part as a global citizen by doing something concrete. I wanted to help other people, not only by giving money to a non-profit organization to give me good consciousness. I had this chance last January 2018, and I left the cold snow of winter in Canada. Now I’ve reached Marinduque.


Team Maguindanao Launches Peace of Mind Project 2.0

The Peace of Mind Project 2.0, in partnership with the Child Protection Committee of the Department of Education- ARMM, was successfully launched last January with the Training of Trainers. The training was attended by the core team, volunteers, and the six high school teachers from the partner schools in Maguindanao.


P.E.A.C.E. Program Launched

In 2016, the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) and AFS Asia and the Pacific Initiative (AAI) worked together in developing a program proposal referred to as Global Citizenship Trimester Program (GCTP), which obtained the approval and funding support of the European Commission Erasmus+


From Dresden to Marinduque: learning to see through the eyes of a farmer

I am a twenty-year-old German girl from Dresden and I have been a volunteer at AGREA for five months now (since February 2017). I am based in Marinduque where most of my time is spent at the AGREA Model Farm. There, I have been helping out the farmers and growing my own crops.


AFS Participants Joins a Legacy Camp on Positive Leadership to Power Sustainable Change

The AFS IPP Negros Occidental participants namely Elias Vandenbulcke from Belgium Flanders, Nao Endo from Japan, Isadora Bosi Campelo from Brazil, Daniele Fabris, Mattia Santoro, and Simone Sparapani from Italy, joined the Legacy Camp — Wave 4


AFS RMTU Leads a Community Outreach Project

The AFS Ramon Magsaysay Technology University (AFS-RMTU) school club successfully conducted a community outreach project in the lahar-laden area of Botolan, Zambales


AFS Philippines in collaboration with ICARE in promoting Intercultural Learning

AFS Philippines’ 18+ Program is starting to make its way to become one of the sought-after organization that promotes volunteerism, global education and intercultural learning through various programs for young adults, professionals, and educators.


AFS IPP to Establish School Clubs Nationwide

In 2016, the AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines (AFS IPP) Board of Trustees, chapter representatives to the board of trustees and staff convened to discuss the state of the organization after 60 years.


So Much to Learn and Discover

It’s been a little over two months since I packed up my bags in Brooklyn and departed for the Philippines.Since then, I’ve learned to live with a new family, to ride in jeepneys, to make bruschetta and antipasto, to use more Tagalog words and phrases, and, most importantly, to navigate the ins and outs of Filipino life.



For sixty years, AFS Intercultural Programs Philippines (AFS IPP) has surmounted challenges and celebrated milestones in pursuit of its mission to provide intercultural learning opportunities to Filipino communities.


BEING SET-UP FOR SUCCESS: AAI Program & Standards Guideline Seminar

AFS Asia Pacific Initiative (AAI) members from China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and the Philippines gathered at the AAI Program & Standards Guideline Seminar in Manila last August 21-26, 2017.


It's Saturday Night Fever!

Our 60th Anniversary of providing Intercultural Learning opportunities was held at Makati Shangri-La on the 26th of August 2017. It is within our hopes that we have provided a fun-filled learning experience.


Europeans arrive in PH to learn Filipino culture

On the 15th of September 2017, marked the beginning of the reputable life changing and revitalizing journey of three foreign participants who decided to choose Philippines as their destination.