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…