As a leader in intercultural learning, AFS develops and supports educational initiatives that give people a greater understanding of other cultures and their place in the global community. This is made possible by the committed and talented people around the world who make up the AFS Network. 

AFS draws on a network of supporters and advisors who are backed by decades of experience and credentials. As some of the leading voices in the field of intercultural learning, these experts bring a wide range of knowledge, as well as a familiarity with research, policy, educational tools and communication techniques. 

On a local level, AFS Volunteers receive extensive training in communications practices and theory, so that they can facilitate intercultural learning experiences for participants and host families, as well as local schools, educators and community organizations.

With support from a wide pool of resources, including a distinguished Educational Advisory Council, an active AFS Network Intercultural Learning Work Group, professional staff and grassroots volunteers, AFS makes regular and significant contributions to intercultural learning and global education.

AFS & Intercultural Learning

The exchange programs offered by AFS are focused on increasing intercultural competence.

AFS Educational Goals

AFS programs are built around key educational goals, giving more than 400,000 individuals the tools to grow into responsible global citizens.

Supportive Learning Approach

A supportive learning approach guides participants and host families through each step of the AFS program.

AFS & Exchange Programs

AFS provides intercultural learning experiences that bring global cultures together by helping people connect.


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