Established in 1914, AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS) is an international, volunteer driven, non-governmental, non-profit organisation that provides intercultural learning opportunities. A premier educational exchange organisation, AFS is one of the world’s largest community-based volunteer organisations.
Nearly 400,000 students, young adults and teachers have participated in our programs. Since 1947, when the first student exchanges took place, a similar number of host families have been a part of AFS worldwide. The essence of any AFS program is - Stay and Study in a different cultural setting.
Participants live with a host family experiencing home and family life that is in many ways different to their own culture and routine.
AFS High School Program
Over the past five years, more than 500 high school students from India went abroad on AFS exchanges to the United States, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Japan, and many other countries. The students can however select from over 52 countries where AFS has its partners.
For more information on countries student can visit our website.
Age limit- 15 to 17 1/2years. Duration- Generally 1 academic year or 1 year
Criteria for Students selection
• Young potential leaders —
a. Have solid personal qualities
b. Are results oriented
c. Have social empathy
d. Have awareness of Indian culture and global issues
Class Exchange Program
We have class exchange program between two schools, one from India and other from any AFS partner country, who can match their standards in terms of type of school/age of students/language of communication, and, possibly of considering the applicant's requests and preferences.
Groups can also consist of students from two or more classes but in this case they should have a common preparation in advance.
Age- Between 12 and 18 years preferably exchanges between students of the same age.
Number- Usually about 10-25 students + 2 teachers
Length- 1-3 weeks. Preferably 14 days.
Time- Timings can be discussed accordingly.
AFS University Exchange Program
One such program which re-affirms our faith in training people to become responsible global citizens is University Exchanges. The Program content varies from student to student as they have option of choosing their own subjects from the diverse variety of subjects available with the university.
AFS Community Service Exchange
Participants over the age 18+ can participate in AFS program too. This unique initiative helps you in giving back to the World and at the same timemake you aware of your surrounding and the problems existing by being a global citizen. We currently run in these programs in more than 30 countries and host around 10 students every year. The duration of the program could be chosen from 3 months, 6 months and 1 year tenure. Cost is similar to World Program fees.
Exchange Program For Teachers
Teachers in country who are currently working in secondary schools and who would like to experience teaching in different country can apply for this program. It is a condition that the school, at which the teacher is employed, will support and take an active part in the program. By taking an active part in the activities of the school, the participating teacher will have a unique opportunity to achieve a thorough understanding of how teaching is done in India.
At the same time he/she will be able to -
a) share teaching approaches in host country—not only with the participating teacher but with the entire staff at the school. b) give the pupils at the school an intercultural experience by sharing his/her culture with them.
An important aspect of the program is that the two participating teachers will work together in order to develop the details of their project themselves. This means that they will be expected to discuss the details prior to the visit, and exchange experiences during the two visits and make a joint evaluation and agree on follow-up activities at the end of the visit to hosted country.
During that time he/she will stay with the host families & experience the teaching methods in India. The duration of the program is not more than 3 months.
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