Educator Resources

Empower your students to spread global awareness and make an impact

AFS Project: Change is an educational contest that prompts 8th-12th graders to analyze and address global issues through volunteerism. By participating in this service learning project, students realize their potential to create global change, and build important 21st century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, empathy and intercultural communication.

Students enter by submitting an original volunteer project idea (via essay or video) that could have a meaningful impact abroad. If a student’s idea is chosen as the winning project, they will receive a full scholarship to spend two weeks abroad and make their vision come to life. Nine other students will also receive scholarships to participate in the program.

Issue Areas

Project ideas focus on one of five global issue areas, allowing for integration into curricula spanning all subjects. The contest is aligned with AFS-USA’s Educational Goals, which foster development in the personal and the global realm. 

To incorporate Project: Change into your curriculum, check out our free lesson plan:

View Lesson Plan

Additional Resources

If you're interested in bringing intercultural education content into your classroom, check out our additional lesson plans aligned with Project: Change issue areas, along with our full AFS Teacher's Toolbox.


Education for All: #BringBackOurGIrls
History, Social Studies, Geography, Writing


Taking Action for the Environment
STEM education, Social Studies, Writing

Hunger and Nutrition

Microfinance: A Poverty Fighting Tool 
STEM education, Social Studies

Arts and Technology

Examining Current Social Movements
STEM education, Social Studies

Human Rights and Cultural Understanding

Exploring Refugees and Asylum Seekers
History, Social Studies, Reading/Writing, Language

Scholastic Upfront Magazine

Featuring AFS Project: Change!
Student activities and inspiration

...and more!

Access the full AFS Teacher's Toolbox

Discover new resources for teaching Global Competence

Format: (555) 555-5555
Ex: Math, History, etc.
By signing up you are agreeing to our terms as described in our privacy policy and to receive the Global Classroom eNewsletter