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The world needs more Active Global Citizens: AFS helps create them.

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How AFS develops Active Global Citizens

Our vision at AFS is to ensure a more peaceful, just, equitable and sustainable future. To ensure such a future, the world needs more Active Global Citizens: people whose informed, compassionate, and ethical compass drives them to lead lives and make decisions that contribute to a better world.

Through our programs, education initiatives, volunteerism and advocacy efforts, AFS helps create Active Global Citizens.

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Study Abroad Programs Crucial in Developing Global Citizens, New Study Finds

Study abroad programs effectively prepare young people to navigate, work and volunteer in global and multicultural environments, reports a new global study by AFS Intercultural Programs, a leading international education organization with 70+ years of experience with global exchange programs. The new report titled “Creating Global Citizens: The AFS Effect” demonstrates how study abroad motivates people to become global citizens and become involved in social causes in their communities.

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Forget your Comfort Zone

Whether you are in high school, at a university or jump-starting your career, AFS has the right program for you! Go to school, learn another language or check out our cultural internships and volunteer abroad opportunities. Host families and volunteers are waiting to help make your intercultural learning experience the best time of your life.

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Our Latest News and Events


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    Annual Volunteer Meet 2023 – All We Want is Peace

    The Annual Volunteer Meet (AVM), which took place between 1-3 December 2023, was hosted by the Bangalore Chapter at The Chancery Hotel in Bangalore. It was a much anticipated and…
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    AFS India Regional Meet North Zone Member Schools April 19 – 21, 2024

      AFS India organised a three-day North Zone School meeting hosted by SelaQui International School, Dehradun from April 19 – 21, 2024 to enable schools in northern India to connect…
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    YES 20th Anniversary Celebration 2023

    Celebrating 20 Years of YES Program:  A Spectacular Journey Unfolds in India In the heart of India, the 20th-anniversary celebration of the YES Program unfolded in two distinct phases, creating…

Impact Stories

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    “A Brave Decision To Go For A Year Exchange, Getting Out of Your World And Entering A Dynamic Journey”

    By Vandita Rajpal from Rajkot Hosted in Finland on AFS Programs 2018 “17th August 2018 is when I began a journey of experiencing archives of moments from my dream exchange…
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    “Adopt The Pace of Nature: Her Secret Is Patience”

    By Jordan Sanjay Mahida from Anand Hosted in Norway on AFS Programs 2018 “One can buy all the riches in the world but one cannot buy experience or patience. These…
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    “These 10 Months Have Really Brought A Change Into The Way I Look At Life, Taught Me Countless Lessons”

    By Durga Jean from Ooty Hosted in France on AFS Programs 2018 “Perfection, this was everything I dreamed about. When they say France is a beautiful country, they don’t lie.…

AFS empowers students and adults with the practical skills to tackle the global challenges of 21st century.

“AFS is committed to furthering the cause of the sustainable development goals set aside by the United Nations. AFS empowers students and adults with the practical skills and understanding required to tackle the defining global challenges of the 21st century. AFS as an organization helps in achieving global goals like gender equality, quality education, renewable energy, reduced inequalities, responsible consumption, peace and justice, climate action and partnerships for the goals.”

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Host an AFSer

Expose your family to a world outside of their own by helping an international student achieve her global dreams. Explore a new culture and share your family life and traditions.

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Global Up GCC Teens Program

Global Up with GCC Teens is an award-winning program recognized internationally by Purdue University. It is a minors only (14-18 years) platform for students to learn and become an active global citizen.

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Global Up with GCC by Ms. Indrani Roy, Educator, Sarla Birla Gyan Jyoti, Guwahati

“This course includes coping strategies in crisis, navigating ambiguity…..” shares Ms. Indrani Roy, Educator, Sarla Birla Gyan Jyoti, Guwahati. The world has not witnessed uncertainties like the one we have been undergoing for the past 8 months and if GCC can help make it better, it should be worth your time…Explore more about Ms. Roy’s experience in the video

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Educators and GCC by Ms Daisy Ganguly from Sarla Birla Gyan Jyoti School, Guwahati.

Global Up yourself with the AFS Global Competence Certificate (GCC) that develops global skills essential to live, work, and make a real social impact worldwide. Through this internationally recognised course, develop essential skills, like collaboration, problem-solving, and cross-cultural communication, needed for their personal, academic and professional development.

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AFS Global You Changemaker

New virtual exchange program. 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. Find out more at

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Experience your world through the eyes of a young person from another country

“I think AFS gave me a lot of new endeavors. If you participate with AFS, you will see many things that you can’t see in Thailand or in your home country. You will become more confident and make your parents proud of you. You will know your host country better when you visit there instead of just viewing photos from the internet. You will know exactly how they live and their lifestyle instead of just listening from other people. A year before, I used to sit in an assembly while there were presenting about AFS.”

— Student in India from Thailand

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Ready to change the world?

Volunteer for AFS

Explore your potential and pick from a choice of roles and flexible schedules. Benefit from our exceptional volunteer training program, develop your leadership skills and help others learn how to live together.

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Engaging with my community; meeting people from around the world

“If I talk about the impact of this [regional volunteer exchange] program, I’m sure that along with learning a lot of intercultural values and ideas, I also came to know about how everyone is so similar to each other even after belonging to different states, cities, and religions. We paid a visit to GCIS school and the principal told us how impactful the AFS programs are in connecting a local school to a global platform in numerous ways. The exchange was only for a week but it gave a lot of learning. It was very tough to believe that we all will be sharing such good lifelong bonds with each other being from various states. It made me believe that “if you are good, the world will always be good with you.

— AFS India volunteer 

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Discover our innovative learning journeys

AFS Education

Learn how AFS helps people of all ages and backgrounds develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to connect to diverse people, succeed in a global economy and help make a positive impact on the world.

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Creating global citizens, empowering changemakers

These days you don’t have to go far to find an AFSer making a difference in local communities, across industries or at the forefront of an important international issue or social cause.

How AFS prepares Global Citizens