AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organisation with its own network in over 60 countries, providing intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.
The AFS Intercultural Programmes involve intercultural learning by living as a resident of a community in Africa, Latin-America, North America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia or Europe.
The programmes are aimed at different target groups:
- Students, 15 to 17 can live with a family in a community abroad and attend school for a year or six months. Some students spend school holidays (one to three months) studying the language and culture of another country.
- Young adults, 18 and over can do voluntary work in community service organisations or businesses in other countries while learning new skills, the language and the culture.
Most programmes are for a semester (4-6 months). Some AFS Partner countries also offer programmes for teachers.
Each country has its own programmes and deadlines.