Study Abroad

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    Alumni Spotlight: Abby Verrando

    In this article, Abby Verrando, a California high school student in her junior year, responds to a series of questions about her experience in the AFS Youth Ambassador Sustainability Program…
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    Explore the NSLI-Y Alumni Travel Program: Ganges River Cultural Excursion

    Due to the the COVID-19 pandemic, exchange students scheduled to participate in a NSLI-Y Scholarship Program were unable to do so in person, and instead participated in virtual programming. Thanks…
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    Alumni Spotlight: Natalie Rhodes

    In this article, Natalie Rhodes, an AFS-USA Alumna who went to Chile for one semester during her junior year of high school, responds to a series of questions about her…

Host Family

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    David and Nancy Frye Host Family Testimonial

    In this testimonial, David and Nancy Frye share a bit about their experiences hosting 13 exchange students since 1999. The Frye family is currently hosting Nadhira from Indonesia. Read on to learn about how they started their most recent hosting journey, as well as the enrichment hosting has brought to their lives over the years!
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    The American Dream of Patricia Audrey Castromayor

    In this article Patricia Audrey Castromayor, a student from the Philippines, talks about her experience in the US with the ALEX program, a two week exchange organized for the students…
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    The Top Eight Reasons We Wanted to Host

    Hosting an exchange student is a rewarding and enriching experience for both the host family and the student. Just take it from the Hudson family, who hosted a French exchange…

Alumni

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    Alumni Spotlight: Abby Verrando

    In this article, Abby Verrando, a California high school student in her junior year, responds to a series of questions about her experience in the AFS Youth Ambassador Sustainability Program…
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    Why I Give to AFS-USA: An Interview with William (Bill) R. MacIntosh

    Bill MacIntosh, an AFS-USA alumnus who participated in an exchange program to Brazil (Brasil in Portuguese) from 1964-1965, recently sat down with AFS-USA President and CEO Tara Hofmann to talk…
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    Alumni Spotlight: Grace Mustafa 

    Grace has been an AFS exchange student (US to Germany, 2008), a volunteer, and a host sister to multiple exchange students over the years. She now works in a seasonal…

Impact Stories

  1. 2023 AFS Volunteer Awards

    Congratulations to the 2023 AFS Volunteer Awardees! The Galatti Award Established in 1983, the Galatti Award, bestowed in memory of Stephen Galatti, the Director General of AFS for more than…
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    AFS-USA Meets with DOE to Promote Exchange Programs in U.S. Schools

    By Tara Hofmann, President and CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs/USA Last week, AFS-USA, along with other leaders in international student exchange, met with Deputy Assistant Secretary Bernadine Futrell who represented…
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    Why I Give to AFS-USA: An Interview with William (Bill) R. MacIntosh

    Bill MacIntosh, an AFS-USA alumnus who participated in an exchange program to Brazil (Brasil in Portuguese) from 1964-1965, recently sat down with AFS-USA President and CEO Tara Hofmann to talk…

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 
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    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…