• In Brazil, street art paints a vivid picture of city life

    February 5, 2016 - A dynamic street art culture emerges in Brazilian cities, where local artists foster creativity while also addressing important social issues.

  • A High-Level Dialogue Explores the Impact of International Exchange

    February 1, 2016 - Leaders in government, foreign policy, global education and the military discuss the power of international exchanges to address complex global problems.

  • What India’s festivals can show us about global citizenship

    January 26, 2016 - India's festivals are joyous examples of celebrating intercultural diversity.

  • Discovering the art of grape-stomping in Portugal

    January 21, 2016 - Current AFS student Maggi shares her experience of grape-stomping at a vineyard with her host family while studying abroad in Portugal.

  • Welcome one of these teenage scholars from Malaysia

    December 22, 2015 - These Malaysian high school students are eager to introduce themselves to you.

  • AFS-USA Announces New Resources for Global Educators

    November 18, 2015 - AFS-USA is doing more to bring the world into U.S. classrooms.

  • 5 New Global Education Resources for Teachers in Honor of IEW 2015

    November 18, 2015 - Global competency development begins in the classroom.

  • Amb. William Eaton Becomes AFS-USA Board Chair

    June 16, 2015 - Retired Diplomat, Bill Eaton, will give back to the organization that gave him his first experience abroad as a high school exchange student to Belgium in 1971.

  • AFS Reel Life Contest Winners Announced!

    May 11, 2015 - The story behind the AFS host family who won the AFS Reel Life Grand Prize.

  • AFS Project: Change Winner Heading to Russia to Carry Out Volunteer Vision

    February 4, 2015 - A 14 year-old New Jersey student beat out 500 teens across the country to win the Grand Prize in a highly competitive national essay contest.

  • AFS-USA Announces Top Schools for 2015

    January 22, 2015 - 65 schools across the country are being awarded for their commitment to fostering global competency among students.

  • AFS-USA Thanks Volunteers on International Volunteer Day

    December 5, 2014 - On International Volunteer Day, AFS-USA is especially grateful for the contributions of its 4,500 volunteers.

  • Imagine change in...Kenya!

    December 3, 2014 - Kenya is a gem in East Africa, with its diverse tribal culture and incredible wildlife. But issues like gender inequality and food insecurity persist.

  • Imagine change in...Ireland!

    November 18, 2014 - Ireland has a fascinating history and breathtaking landscapes. Yet, it has its share of struggles, including rising poverty and environmental concerns.

  • AFS Brings Together World Leaders on Global Citizenship Education

    November 6, 2014: This Saturday, AFS Intercultural Programs, under the patronage of UNESCO, will host an international high–level symposium in Paris on intercultural education.

  • Imagine change in...Panama!

    October 22, 2014 - Panama is an incredible place to immerse yourself in a new culture. But numerous issues threaten to undermine Panama’s quality of life and natural resources.

  • Alumni Celebration in Minneapolis Celebrates the "Second Century" of AFS-USA

    October 2, 2014 - An AFS alumni gathering in honor of the Centennial of the American Field Service brings together AFSers from multiple generations and nationalities.

  • So THIS is what Costa Rica is really like...

    September 11, 2014 - No matter how much you prepare for studying abroad, your first days in your new country will be filled with surprises.

  • Spotlight on Global Competency and AFS: Jill Woerner

    Spanish and World Language teacher in Pendleton, Indiana, has been able to implement Global Competency in her classroom through her partnership with AFS.

  • Teen Scholarship Winner Heads to China in Line with Diplomatic Priorities

    August 14, 2014 - A scholarship set up in memory of two beloved AFS Volunteers is about to change one teen's life.

  • My host family was...

    July 2, 2014 - AFS Exchange Students from around the world choose one word to describe their US host families.

  • Restored American Field Service Ambulance Drives Volunteerism Forward

    June 26, 2014 - In his quest to restore a Model T Ford ambulance, one classic car lover discovers the inspiring story of the American Field Service and its spirit of volunteerism.

  • Diversity is Celebrated Worldwide on May 21

    May 21, 2014 - Communities around the world are participating in a grassroots campaign to "Do One Thing" for World Day for Cultural Diversity.

  • Greg Jennings and AFS-USA Announce Study Abroad Scholarships for Underserved Youth

    April 29, 2014 - AFS-USA and the Greg Jennings Foundation are teaming up to provide summer study abroad scholarships to youth Minnesota and Wisconsin.

  • The Growing Relevance of Study Abroad

    April 23, 2014 - Study abroad has received unprecedented media attention and acclaim in recent months. What are the reasons for this surge, and what does it mean?

  • Homes away from home

    April 17, 2014 - When you study abroad, you find a new home. Check out these host family houses worldwide to see how that new home might look.

  • AFS-USA Celebrates its Volunteer Body

    April 10, 2014 - National Volunteer Week is a time for AFS-USA to celebrate and thank its 4,000+ volunteers nationwide.

  • Words are overrated

    April 2, 2014 - Overcoming the language barrier can seem daunting, but there are very good reasons not to stress about it before going abroad.

  • 2014 Teaching & Learning Conference Highlights Merits of Global Education

    March 28, 2014 - AFS-USA Director of Educational Partnerships & School Outreach was among the esteemed visionaries speaking about globally-relevant education issues at T & L 2014.

  • AFS-USA Celebrates Host Family Appreciation Month

    March 7, 2014 - AFS-USA is dedicating the month of March to honoring host families and their tremendous contributions to the study abroad experience.

  • The American Presidents and AFS

    February 13, 2014 - AFS-USA remembers the US Presidents who were among its most valuable supporters and how they helped the organization grow.

  • National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Launches Alliance with AFS-USA

    February 3, 2014 - AFS-USA and NSHSS will work together to encourage cross-cultural understanding that supports student achievement in an increasingly globalized society.

  • Food and family in Spain

    February 5, 2014 - An AFS student in Spain dishes about the truly important aspects of her study abroad experience: family and food!

  • AFS-USA Announces “Top School” Award Winners

    January 28, 2014 - 79 schools across the nation were selected to receive the distinguished "Top AFS School" award for their commitments to enhancing global education.

  • PISA and the Common Core: Steps Toward Global Competency

    January 9, 2013 - The US ranked 29th out of 64 countries in the OECD's PISA survey of student performance. Could the Common Core State Standards be key to overcoming mediocrity?

  • The Best of 2013: AFS-USA's Picks

    December 31, 2013 - As we prepare to say goodbye to 2013, AFS-USA looks back on the events that had the biggest impact on the global education community this year.

  • Personal Fundraising for Study Abroad Brings Growth, Empowerment

    December 11, 2013 | New York, NY - With innovative personal fundraising projects, AFS-USA Students have raised impressive amounts of money and grown personally in the process.

  • Regarding Host Families, AFS Students are Thankful for "The Small Things"

    November 27, 2013 | New York, NY - In the spirit of Thanksgiving, AFS Returnees tell us what they appreciated most about their host families.

  • National Mapping Initiative Confirms Global Competency is Crucial for U.S. Students

    November 21, 2013 | New York, NY - A new research initiative has quantified the extent of international influence (and thus need for intercultural skills) throughout the U.S.

  • New Group Programs Target Popular Student Interests

    November 6, 2013 | New York, NY - AFS-USA's new short-term study abroad programs for groups help students explore the cultural background of their favorite past-times.

  • AFS-USA Gears Up for International Education Week

    November 1, 2013 | New York, NY - Excitement builds as the AFS-USA community prepares for a week of celebrating cultural exchange and understanding.

  • Stimulating Teenage Brains: Could New Environments Induce Deeper Learning?

    October 10, 2013 | New York, NY - A new study reveals the true impact of environmental stimulation on intellectual development in kids and teens.

  • AFS-KLYES Student Expresses Emotion, Culture through Music

    October 2, 2013 | New York, NY - AFS Student Norman, from South Africa, shares the song he wrote during his exchange year in the US and the personal story behind its creation.

  • AFS Returnees Show Us Why International Exchange Matters

    September 24, 2013 | New York, NY - From Jan Eliasson, to Christine Lagarde, to Thembisa Mshaka, see which AFS Returnees are making a difference and how.

  • Cultural Vistas & AFS-USA Announce Partnership

    September 19, 2013 | New York, NY - Cultural Vistas & AFS-USA have announced their innovative new partnership, designed to strengthen the impact of exchange programs.

  • An Interview with Amanda Ripley

    September 17, 2013 | New York, NY - Our exclusive interview with the author of the critically-acclaimed new book, "The Smartest Kids in the World (And How They Got That Way)."

  • 22 Students Receive BP Global Citizens of Tomorrow Scholarships to Study Abroad with AFS

    September 5, 2013 | New York, NY - Students from Houston, Chicago, and Seattle have been awarded full study abroad scholarships to Brazil, China, Malaysia, South Africa or India.

  • Milwaukee Students Awarded AFS Scholarships To Study Abroad in Panama and Costa Rica

    August 28, 2013 | Milwaukee, WI - Two high school students were awarded Jennings/Omanhene AFS Faces of America study abroad scholarships through AFS Intercultural Programs/USA.

  • AFS-USA and Ashoka’s Youth Venture team up to cultivate “changemakers”

    August 16, 2013 | New York, NY - AFS-USA and Ashoka’s Youth Venture (AYV) joined forces this week to train study abroad alumni in the art of teaching social entrepreneurship.

  • AFSer epitomizes International Youth Day values

    August 13, 2013 | New York, NY - An AFS-USA Program Advisor's early non-profit work demonstrates the potential of today's youth and the importance of international experience.

  • Just arrived in the US and feeling...

    August 14, 2013 | New York, NY - In the hours before meeting their US host families for the very first time, 20 AFS exchange students from around the world sum up their feelings.

  • Welcome to the US!

    Welcome to all AFS exchange students who are arriving in the US this week for their year-long study abroad programs!

  • AFS-USA students gain cultural insight by giving back

    July 23, 2013 | New York, NY - AFS-USA high school students and volunteers experienced cultural immersion through community service in Panama.

  • Ramadan in the US

    July 18, 2013 | New York, NY - Ramadan's observance in the US offers a unique experience for both Muslims and non-Muslims.

  • Lessons from a Central Valley Host Mom

    July 15, 2013 | New York, NY - One mom in CA shares the lessons she's learned from being an AFS host parent.

  • 2013 Departure Day is bittersweet for the AFS-USA community

    June 27, 2013 | New York, NY - More than 2,000 exchange students left the US for their home countries this week, after successfully completing year and semester-long programs.

  • Host Father is world’s best dad, according to students

    June 13, 2013 | New York, NY - As Father's Day nears, the heartwarming impact of one AFS-USA Host Dad comes to light.

  • Host pets: An integral part of the study abroad experience

    May 29, 2013 | New York, NY - Host pets allow exchange students to learn about the values and beliefs espoused by their host families that underpin pet ownership.

  • AFS Returnee Thembisa Mshaka on her career, cultural diversity and meeting Beyoncé

    May 22, 2013 | New York, NY- AFS Returnee, Thembisa Mshaka, a filmmaker and author who has provided creative services to Beyoncé and Jamie Foxx, tells how study abroad changed her.

  • Exchange students' interview: On culture shock, personal growth and host family bonding

    May 13, 2013 | New York, NY - We recently sat down with AFS students Jan from Spain and Saechee from Japan to talk about their experiences living with US host families.

  • AFS students greet President Obama on his arrival in Costa Rica

    May 7, 2013 | New York, NY - Four AFS students served as the official welcome committee for President Obama when he arrived in Costa Rica on Friday, May 3rd.

  • AFS-USA celebrates National Volunteer Week

    April 23, 2013 -- Thanks to our AFS-USA Volunteers for generously sharing your talents, time, leadership, and commitment to and passion for intercultural learning.

  • AFS-USA reports on participants in Boston area

    April 15, 2013 -- We can now report that all hosted students in the team, their host families, and the families in the Mass Bay team who have students studying abroad are safe.

  • AFS Archives photo: Bill Clinton meets AFS students

    Welcome to the world of social media, President Clinton!

  • Watch for fake AFS Employment Opportunities

    April 11,2013 -- AFS Intercultural Programs has been made aware of recent advertisements of fake employment opportunities bearing the AFS logo, and requesting a fee.

  • AFS student emboldened to break personal barriers

    APRIL 6, 2013 -- "The most important thing is that I’m an ambassador for my country, and when I go back, I’ll be an ambassador for the U.S. – especially Shenandoah."

  • Former AFS host dad and Muskego teacher Honored

    Former science and astronomy teacher Jerry Stueber passed away earlier this year, and an observatory at Muskego High School will get new life and a new life.

  • Teen ready for cultural shift as exchange student to Japan

    April 5, 2013 -- Sariah, 16, will visit the country of her dreams when she travels to Japan in August through an AFS-USA international exchange program.

  • Whitnall AFS students sing gospel at inner-city church

    March 27, 2013 -- Three foreign exchange students at Whitnall High School were part of a unique intercultural experience Sunday evening at Victory Missionary Baptist Church.

  • Exchange Students in Woodbury

    March 1, 2013 -- Woodbury families know no cultural bounds when it comes to opening their homes to students from across the world.

  • Bud, the Bike Man

    February 14, 2013 -- One Kenyon business man took it upon himself to make the students' stay here a happy one.

  • A genuine pioneer visits from Pakistan

    January 7, 2013 -- Fatima Noor is a 15-year-old exchange student attending Kirkwood High School, representing her country and experiencing her own "firsts" in America.

  • Finding comfort in an unfamiliar place

    Pakistani Tahreem Hassan writes about her experience in California as a YES student.

  • Spotlight on 2012 Rosemary Whitcraft Faces of America Scholar: Vanessa Salomon

    Vanessa recently returned from an eight-month AFS-USA Faces of America study abroad trip to Thailand and shared with us stories from her travels.

  • First Annual AFS-USA Holiday Party brings together the AFS family in New York

    December 11, 2012 -- The first annual AFS-USA Holiday Party brought together close to 100 members of the AFS-USA family, including two 2012 Faces of America Returnees.

  • YES Program celebrates 10th anniversary

    December 11, 2012 -- AFS-USA is proud to join the worldwide community in celebrating the 10th anniversary of the YES Program starting December 12th.

  • YES Student of the Month

    December 7, 2012 -- Adee Pasha of Pakistan is the first ever YES Student of the Month, selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

  • VIDEO: Bring the world into your classroom

    December 7, 2012 -- Derek Schulz, a teacher in Whitefish, MT, talks about his experience with AFS Exchange Student Muhammad Nadeem from Pakistan.

  • For Oscar Volpe, “how I spent my summer vacation” meant being an AFS student in Paraguay

    by Linda Hubbard Gulker on November 28, 2012

  • AFS in the San Francisco Bay Area reaches out to educators at local conferences

    Gigi MacLeod talks about Global Literacy to at the Foreign Language Association of Northern ...

  • For AFS Exchange Students, Life in the United States is a Nice Surprise!

    December 4, 2012 - AFS Exchange Students in Mattapoisett, MA reflect upon the cultural differences that make life in the US such a delight!

  • Muslim students build bridges of international understanding

    December 3, 2012 -- Muslim AFS students share experiences in Wisconsin through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program.

  • Students discover schools teach more than the 3 R’s

    November 21, 2012 -- During International Education Week, 4 exchange students shared about their home countries and their first impressions of the US.

  • VIDEO: Discover Turkey

    November 19, 2012 -- Watch our newest hosting video filmed in Turkey, which features two alumi of the YES Program. Discover why you should host a Turkish student!

  • AFS-USA celebrates International Education Week and you

    November 12, 2012 -- International Education Week (IEW) is a time when we celebrate the benefits of international education and intercultural exchange throughout the world.

  • The dream of a nuclear-weapon free world

    October 27, 2012 -- AFS returnee Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba receives the Community of Christ International Peace Award for his life’s work advocating for global nuclear disarmament.

  • Announcing the 2012 Galatti Award Winners

    October 19, 2012 -- AFS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Galatti Award.

  • Life-changing experiences

    October 9, 2012 -- John Minsker, of Granville, is retiring from involvement with the American Field Service, an international student exchange organization.

  • Jennings / Omanhene AFS-USA Faces of America scholarships

    September 30, 2012 -- AFS returnee and NFL wide receiver are joining forces to provide study abroad scholarships to underserved youth.

  • ‘Rushin’ to Reagan

    September 18, 2012 -- FLEX student Yasya Kondrashova comments on life in San Antonio, TX for her school's student-produced news and feature publication.

  • AFS-USA Volunteer nominated for 2012 Galatti Award

    September 14, 2012 -- Nancy Henderson of the Greater Puget Sound Team will be AFS-USA's 2012 Galatti Nominee.

  • Our condolences on the death of Amb. Stevens, AFS Returnee

    September 13, 2012 -- AFS-USA joins the world in mourning the loss of Chris Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya and AFS Returnee

  • Faces of America Recruits 184 Students in 2012

    August 29, 2012 -- It was a busy year for Faces of America!

  • Pausing for reflection with two of our Faces of America returnees

    August 28, 2012 -- New York, NY – Meet Angie and Aaron, two of our Faces of America Returnees.

  • "My AFS experience opened my eyes."

    August 27, 2012 -- New York, NY – Faces of America participant, Riquel, says his study abroad experience, "lit a fire in me to explore as much of the world as I can."

  • AFS Returnee and GSSP Scholar Andy Garcia discovers the “Power of Green”

    August 25, 2012 -- New York, NY – Andy Garcia shares his experiences from Germany while participating on the AFS Green Summer School Program.

  • Whitcraft Family makes a world of difference

    August 24, 2012 -- New York, NY – The extraordinary generosity of Mark Whitcraft and his family is making a difference in two key AFS-USA scholarship initiatives.

  • AFS ties, 50 years young

    August 22, 2012 -- One host sister in NJ reflects on the ties formed with her AFS sister, 50 years later.

  • Jenny & Mike Messner host annual picnic in Pennsylvania for AFS-USA Speedwell Scholars

    On August 4th, 2012 more than 60 members of the AFS-USA family gathered in Lititz Springs Park in Lititz, PA to celebrate the 2012 Speedwell Foundation Study Abroad Scholars.

  • Faces of America Scholarship Program welcomes new partnerships in 2013

    August 17, 2012 -- New York, NY – AFS-USA is proud to welcome five new community based organizations to the Faces of America team in 2013.

  • AFS-USA and Bank Street's Liberty LEADS Partner to Create the AFS Green Summer School Program

    August 16, 2012 -- New York, NY – On July 3, 2012, fifteen students embarked for Hamburg, Germany as part of AFS USA’s new Green Summer School Program.

  • 2012 Faces of America Scholars Share Adventures from Abroad!

    August 16, 2012 -- New York, NY – From Ghana to Costa Rica to Russia, the 2012 AFS USA Faces of America Scholars are diving head first into a sea of new adventures.

  • Visiting student brings Pakistan to PCDS

    Written by a Phoenix Country Day School student, this story shows the changes an AFS exchange student can make on their community and within themselves.

  • VIDEO: "He's our son"

    AUGUST 8, 2012 -- Watch our new heart-warming video featuring Nadeem, an exchange student from Pakistan who studied in Whitefish, Montana this past year.

  • Exchange student back as advocate of study abroad

    AUGUST 7, 2012 -- The first foreign exchange student at Battle Ground High School in Oregon recounts her yearlong exchange and the effect its had on her life.

  • It’s a small world

    AUGUST 1, 2012 -- What hosting an exchange student can teach your young kids.

  • Student Brings Pakistan to Local High School

    JULY 31, 2012 -- During her time at PCDS, Mona not only changed our community for the better with her fun spirit ... , but she was changed during her excursion to the United States

  • "Exchange is not a year in a life; it's a Life in a year"

    JULY 31, 2012 -- "Honey" Rind, a YES exchange student from Pakistan, describes her exchange experiences.

  • Exchange students enrich families' lives

    JULY 10, 2012 -- Three families recount memorable moments in the past year with the AFS students who spent this school year with them.

  • Letter From A San Francisco Bay Area Host Mom

    June 29, 2012 -- Julie Zurcher shares how hosting an AFS student from Thailand impacted her and her family for the better.

  • BP and AFS Launch Global Citizens of Tomorrow Program

    June 21, 2012 - HOUSTON – BP and global student exchange organization AFS launched the Gl...

  • Then and Now: A Year-long Journey

    JUNE 15, 2012 -- An essay from a Pakistani student hosted in Minnesota

  • Reflections on an Adventurous Year

    JUNE 14, 2012 -- Open mindedness and being acceptable and adaptable brought me here in the U.S. from thousands of miles away. I love my host family.

  • AFS Community Supports Japan Relief Efforts

    March 31, 2011 -- Humanities teacher and AFS Volunteer Tina O’Donnell helps coordi...