Study Abroad

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    5 Ways to Continue Being a Global Citizen After Study Abroad

    Nearly 16% of all college students will study abroad at some point during their degree program, and through programs like AFS-USA, some high schoolers even have the opportunity to live…
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    How Studying Abroad Improves Your Career Prospects

    There are so many reasons studying abroad is beneficial — you’ll make new friends, explore a different culture, learn new languages and make memories to last a lifetime. But studying…
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    Hosting and Studying Abroad with AFS: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

    When you think about going abroad or hosting an exchange student, the first words that likely come to mind are “adventure” or “language”. Both language and adventure (and more!) will…

Host Family

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    Hosting and Studying Abroad with AFS: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

    When you think about going abroad or hosting an exchange student, the first words that likely come to mind are “adventure” or “language”. Both language and adventure (and more!) will…
  2. Why Host an Exchange Student During COVID

    Just about a year ago the world changed in ways we never expected and with those changes came a new hosting experience. At a time like this many ask themselves…
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    What it’s Like to Host an Exchange Student from Pakistan

    For James and Karen Graham, hosting an international exchange student with AFS has been a way to explore new cultures and make a positive impact. James’s family hosted an exchange…


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    An AFS Adventure to Austria in 1968!

    This article is written by AFS-USA Alumnus Dave Schrader. Dave is currently an AFS Volunteer in the Greater Los Angeles and South Bay Chapter who is greatly involved with orientation…
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    My AFS Experience: Hosting, Studying Abroad, and Volunteering

    My name is Tori and I’m a current AFS Volunteer, Returnee from Japan (2010), and past host sister. I’m here to share my experience with AFS for anyone who’s curious…
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    Women Volunteers and Suffragettes in WWI

    The early twentieth century brought forth opportunities for women beyond the home front: work, education, social reform, and political engagement. While many conservative Americans fought against this change in gender roles and believed women needed to be home, World War I served as a catalyst for volunteerism and ultimately, women’s suffrage.


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    Global Educator Newsletter: November 2021

    November is a time when those of us in the United States take pause to remind ourselves of and express gratitude for the positive aspects of our lives. It’s also…
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    Global Educator Newsletter: September 2021

    In many parts of the world, students and educators are marking the annual return to school. As educators, I suspect that prepping for and implementing the start of the school…
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    Global Educator Newsletter: April 2021

    In all of my recent travels (virtually) across the United States and around the world, I’ve been grateful (and encouraged) by today’s generation of students, especially their passion for change…


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    Oliva N. reflects upon her AFS experience in Japan during COVID

    It was Olivia’s dream since seventh grade to study in Japan. Looking back in her journal, she realized how much of the past five years were spent studying the language…
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    In Memoriam: Guido Guidotti – AFS Alumnus, Scientist, and Professor

    AFS-USA honors the legacy of returnee Guido Guidotti, Italy to U.S. 1950. Guido first came to the U.S. from Naples, Italy, as an AFS student in 1950. He attended Decatur High School in Illinois and was…
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    Alumni Newsletter: Summer 2021

    Dear AFS-USA Alumni, Families, and Friends, I hope this newsletter finds you and your family doing well! Whether you studied abroad, hosted a student, sent your child abroad, volunteer or…

Impact Stories

  1. Resources to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month 

    Hispanic Heritage Month, also recognized as Latino or Latinx Heritage Month, is September 15 to October 15. This collection of resources can be used during the month-long celebration and be shared year-round.   Articles: Elevating Hispanic and Latinx…
  2. AFS-USA Elects New Board Members: Focus on Strategic Imperatives

    AFS-USA, the largest partner in a worldwide network of non-profit, volunteer-based international education organizations, announces five new board members elected at its annual Board meeting on June 26th. According to…
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    AFS-USA Resources to Celebrate Black History Month Year-Round

    This is a collection of materials and resources gathered by AFS-USA staff in celebration of Black History Month. While Black History Month is celebrated in February in the US, these…

Local Stories

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    3 Commonly-Asked Questions About Hosting Exchange Students… Answered

    This post was written by Michelle Kulas, a former and current AFS Host Parent. Here it is, the day that my family has been looking forward to for months! Our…
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    Exchange Student Participates in 
Washington, D.C. Workshop

    The California Central Coast Area Team of AFS Intercultural Programs is pleased to share that Valencia High School junior and AFS exchange student from South Africa Michelle Hadebe participated in…
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    Volunteer Recognized for Leadership, Long-Term Service

    The local California Central Coast Area Team of AFS Intercultural Programs is pleased to announce that Thousand Oaks, Calif., volunteer Jennifer Lasley has been selected by the national AFS-USA Volunteer…

LGBTQ + Pride

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    Your Identity Will Be Valued: My Time In Germany by Tony Valencia, AFS and CBYX Alum

    “Only through dialogue and communication can differences be understood and appreciated.” – AFS and CBYX Alum, Tony Valencia ’18- ’19. In this blog post for Pride Month, Tony delves into…
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    Embracing a Spanish Summer: A Reflection by AFS-USA Pride Scholar Ryan Rodriguez

    Ryan Rodriguez is an AFS-USA Pride Scholar who traveled to Spain on our Global Prep program. In his personal essay, Ryan reflects on his experience abroad with his host family,…
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    Hosting with Pride: An Interview with Six-Time AFS Host Parent and Volunteer, Jerry Gulley

    Jerry Gulley grew up in a small town in rural Tennessee. In high school, his best friend’s family decided to host an exchange student, Lisi from Austria in 1985. While…