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We provide extraordinary intercultural learning opportunities

Forget your comfort zone, become a global citizen with AFS

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.

Study abroad with AFS

Explore a planet full of possibilities

“The program helped me rediscover myself. Learning to adapt to new settings and lifestyles has helped me deal with my perceptions and apprehension about other culture and become more understanding. The exchange helped drive a fact home that lot of what people do has a lot to do with where they come from. Underneath every nature or habit is an underlying truth which has come far through many years so it’s not easy to throw away old habits and learn new ones.”

On Exchange Abroad

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Scholarships & Discounts

AFS is committed to helping young people to go abroad regardless of their financial situation. That’s why AFS works with corporate and community sponsors and individual donors to help finance AFS programs through full and partial scholarships.

1,000 Asian students to receive scholarships to study abroad in Japan with AFS

AFS Japan has been appointed by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) to implement a new scholarship program focused on facilitating intercultural exchange and understanding between teenagers in Japan and 20 other Asian countries.

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Welcome a new family member

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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India: Mother of All Cultures by Sasha Diez from Argentina

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Being Indian by Aymeric Perrin from France

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Welcome Change by Yasemin Yur from Turkey

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My Second Home by Maria Nadal Fernandez from Dominican Republic

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India Means Change by Jose Alejandro Navarrete Lanner from Colombia

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India - A Great Experience by Francesca Giacco from Italy

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

“If I could speak to every high school parent, to every high schooler, to every headmaster or mistress, I would say this:   Let AFS take you to a culture you never dreamed of.  Get that passport stamped and take the leap of faith. What awaits you is a family somewhere that will open its doors and hearts to you; and you will return the favor either directly, or throughout the rest of your life.”

— By Jonathan Hollander, AFS-Summer Program, India, 1968

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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

“Every single day is different from another and that’s an AFS experience. I look forward to all kinds of experiences as AFS taught us ‘Nothing is good or bad, it is just different.’ I’m glad to feel the difference. I’m discovering new unexpected things every day, and it’s a learning experience. I enjoyed  going through the experience and feel the differences or similarities between cultures overall. It was really very nice experience of becoming part of Czech family and enjoy the country and culture.  Thanks to AFS India for giving us this wonderful opportunity.”

— 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

AFS India Events

It’s an AFS initiative to develop intentional leadership in our organization. We believe that by providing a solid and sustainable framework we can positively impact other areas of the organization in the long term, such as volunteer retention, participant support, and host family satisfaction. Moreover, the Program also provides our volunteers with a valuable opportunity for personal and professional development within and beyond AFS


  1. Online Course– 15th May – 15th June 2018
  2. Live Event– 28th June to 2nd July 2018 in New Delhi
  3. Follow-up Phase– 5th July 2018 – 5th Jan 2019
  4. Closing Session– by 10th January 2019