You don’t have to go far to find an AFSer making a difference at home or around the world. That’s because AFS helps young people become engaged global citizens—prepared and committed to bringing people together and helping make the world a better place.

High School Programs

  1. School-based Program

  2. PEACE Program

Frequently Asked Questions about the AFS Experience

Following are the answers to frequently asked questions about AFS programs by students.

  • Living, learning and making friends in another country helps you connect with a world larger than your own.
  • Studying abroad builds confidence and helps you become more comfortable in new and cross-cultural settings—in your home community or across the world.
  • Learning how to become a global citizen will help you understand, define and take your place in the world.
  • Exchange programs provide practical skills and understanding you need to communicate, collaborate and make friends with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Learning another language or strengthening your language skills allows you to see the world through the eyes of others and experience a new culture in a much more personal way.
  • Staying with a host family will help you appreciate perspectives of other people, as well as their cultures, values and traditions.
  • Joining a global community like AFS helps you embrace differences and realize that our world is stronger and more interesting because of them.
  • You’ll build your academic portfolio and CV/resume and stand out from the crowd when you apply to university.
  • New opportunities that can help you discover your path in life will be opened to you.

The most important decision I have ever made

“It feels surreal to meet people, who once lived thousands of kilometers away from you, with different cultures and views, and get the opportunity to actually learn from them, with how our environment made us think, to share and discuss what we stand for, to learn things from our countries, to learn outside the four corners of the classroom, to learn all of these first-hand; to learn without boundaries. This has made the world our learning, to Team Diversity!”

— Sam Tecuala, AFS student from Philippines to France