Life in Australia
Culture Trek

Life in Australia

Essentials AFS Australia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Cultural Resources “What Australian slang has given the world”- BBC…

Life in Austria
Culture Trek

Life in Austria

All Programs AFS Austria Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Semester High School Visa FAQs Arrival Information Year High School Visa FAQs Arrival…

Life in Belgium-Flanders
Culture Trek

Life in Belgium-Flanders

The Essentials AFS Belgium-Flanders Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ School Expectations  Arrival Information Visa FAQ Language Requirements Applicants to the Year High School Programs…

Life in Belgium-French
Culture Trek

Life in Belgium-French

The Essentials AFS Belgium-French Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Language Requirements Applicants to the Year High School Program in Belgium-French…

Life in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Culture Trek

Life in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Essentials AFS Bosnia and Herzegovina Welcome Booklet Get to Know Bosnia and Herzegovina AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language…

Life in Brazil
Culture Trek

Life in Brazil

The Essentials AFS Brazil Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Language Requirements Applicants to the Semester and Year High School Program…

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Travel Documents

Non-US Citizen FAQ

If you reside in the US but you are not a US citizen, there are additional procedures to follow in order to travel abroad on an AFS program. As a…

Life in Canada
Culture Trek

Life in Canada

The Essentials AFS Canada Welcome Booklet Program Calendar AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Arrival Information Digging Deeper Language Resources Duolingo (free language learning app) Rosetta Stone: French Babbel: French…

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Travel Documents

Apostilles

*Please remember that you MUST NOT REMOVE the apostille and/or staple from its attached document. Removal of either of these will destroy the authenticity of the apostille! Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California…

Life in Chile
Culture Trek

Life in Chile

The Essentials All Programs AFS Chile Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Year/Semester High School Arrival Information Visa FAQ Summer Homestay Visa FAQ Digging Deeper…

Life in China
Culture Trek

Life in China

The Essentials All Programs AFS China Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year/Semester High School Host School FAQ Medical and Academic Information Arrival Information Visa FAQ…

Life in Colombia
Culture Trek

Life in Colombia

The Essentials Global Prep/Year/Semester AFS Colombia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide COVID-19 Specific Guidelines Digging Deeper Language Resources Rosetta Stone: Spanish Duolingo (free language learning app) BBC…

Life in Costa Rica
Culture Trek

Life in Costa Rica

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year/Semester High School AFS Costa Rica Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Summer Community Service…

Life in Croatia
Culture Trek

Life in Croatia

The Essentials AFS Croatia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Learn Croatian Eurolinguiste- 100 Basic Croatian Phrases Memrise: Croatian Skolica…

Life in Czech Republic
Culture Trek

Life in Czech Republic

The Essentials AFS Czech Republic Welcome Booklet Safety Tips AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Czech Language Booklet Memrise:…

Life in Denmark
Culture Trek

Life in Denmark

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Changes to Hosting Realities (COVID-19) Year High School AFS Denmark Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Danish Educational System…

Craig Wilson
Leadership

Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson U.S. to United Kingdom, 1966 Craig Wilson was a journalist for more than 40 years, spending 30 years in the newsroom at USA Today. He was a feature…

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Leadership

Julia E. Vollmers

Julia E. Vollmers Returnee – U.S. to France, 1997-98 Julia E. Vollmers is a Program Manager with the Federal Government in Washington, DC, with a primary focus in data and…

Patrick S. Moon
Leadership

Patrick S. Moon

Patrick S. Moon U.S. Ambassador (ret.); Returnee – U.S. to Brazil, 1967 Patrick S. Moon is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer with the State Department.  He served in Lebanon,…

William R. MacIntosh
Leadership

William R. MacIntosh

William R. MacIntosh Returnee – U.S. to Brazil, 1964-1965 Bill MacIntosh retired in 2011 after 40+ years in uniform and business suits. Following his service as a U.S. Army Military…

William G. Meserve
Leadership

William G. Meserve

William G. Meserve U.S. to Greece 1957; Young Leaders to Soviet Union 1984 Bill Meserve is a former Director and Board Chair of AFS-USA and former Trustee and Board Chair…

H. Jed Hepworth
Leadership

H. Jed Hepworth

H. Jed Hepworth U.S. to Chile 1968 During six years as Director and especially as Chair of the AFS-USA Board of Directors during the chaotic first months of the COVID-19…

James A. Kiernan III
Leadership

James A. Kiernan III

James A. Kiernan III U.S. to Germany, 1961 James Kiernan, is chairman of the Board of Directors at the Center for Public Integrity, is a former partner with and is…

Connie Askin
Leadership

Connie Askin

Connie Askin Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass and MetroWest Returnee – U.S. to Portugal 1985; Chief Financial Officer, AFS International 2002-2004; Host Mom Argentina 2012,…

Dr. Ken Wallace
Leadership

Dr. Ken Wallace

Dr. Ken Wallace High School District Superintendent, Park Ridge, Illinois Ken Wallace is the longest serving Superintendent in the District’s 121 years of history at Maine Township High School District…

Karen Treber
Leadership

Karen Treber

Karen Treber General Counsel of Salisbury University, Maryland. AFS Host Family and Volunteer Karen Treber is the General Counsel of Salisbury University, Maryland. She previously served as General Counsel at…

Dr. Gregory Sabin
Leadership

Dr. Gregory Sabin

Dr. Gregory Sabin Preceptor at Harvard Extension School, Harvard University Greg Sabin is a Preceptor (Instructor) at the Harvard Extension School, Harvard University, where he has taught finance and accounting…

Kelly McFarland Stratman, CAE
Leadership

Kelly McFarland Stratman, CAE

Kelly McFarland Stratman, CAE Chief of Staff of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) AFS Alumna: U.S. to Denmark, 1985 Kelly McFarland Stratman is an ASAE-certified…

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Leadership

Andrea Sehl

Andrea Sehl U.S. to Switzerland, 1971-72 Andrea Sehl, known as Andie, is retired from management consulting, currently working to build the venture capital firm she helped found, and is serving…

Michael S. Schiff
Leadership

Michael S. Schiff

Michael S. Schiff U.S. to Netherlands, 1966 Michael S. Schiff is the owner and President of Incomar Investments in Houston, Texas.  He earned his BA in Communications from American University…

Jenny K. Messner
Leadership

Jenny K. Messner

Jenny K. Messner U.S. to Brazil, 1970-71 With her husband Michael Messner, Jenny established the Speedwell Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship Program with AFS-USA in 2007, which ran for 12 years.…

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Leadership

Martyn Redgrave

Martyn Redgrave Martyn R. Redgrave currently serves as Managing Partner and CEO of Agate Creek Partners, LLC, a professional governance and consulting services company co-founded by Mr. Redgrave in July…

Life in Egypt
Culture Trek

Life in Egypt

The Essentials All Programs AFS Egypt Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year High School  Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Summer Language Study Arrival…

Life in Finland
Culture Trek

Life in Finland

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Year/Semester High School AFS Finland Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Finnish Education System Brochure  Arrival Information Visa FAQ Changes to…

Life in France
Culture Trek

Life in France

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Year/Semester High School AFS France Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Arrival Information Arrival Information (January Departure) Visa FAQ Summer Language Study…

Life in Germany
Culture Trek

Life in Germany

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year/Semester High School AFS Germany Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Visa FAQ Green Summer School AFS Germany Welcome…

Life in Ghana
Culture Trek

Life in Ghana

The Essentials All Programs AFS Ghana Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Daily Expectations Year High School Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Summer Team…

Life in Guatemala
Culture Trek

Life in Guatemala

The Essentials Global Prep AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Digging Deeper Language Resources Rosetta Stone: Spanish Duolingo (free language learning app) BBC Spanish Language Guide LiveMocha: Spanish Learn Basic…

Life in Hong Kong
Culture Trek

Life in Hong Kong

The Essentials AFS Hong Kong Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Memrise: Cantonese Learn Cantonese…

Life in Hungary
Culture Trek

Life in Hungary

The Essentials All Programs AFS Hungary Welcome Booklet Safety Tips AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Year/Semester High School Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Summer Homestay Arrival Information…

Life in Iceland
Culture Trek

Life in Iceland

The Essentials AFS Iceland Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Arrival Information Host School FAQ Visa FAQ Icelandic Language Learning Materials- Audio The Alphabet Song The Alphabet Consonants…

Life in India
Culture Trek

Life in India

The Essentials All Programs AFS India Welcome Booklet AFS India Participant Handbook Safety Tips Focus on India AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Year High School Host School FAQ Educational…

Life in Indonesia
Culture Trek

Life in Indonesia

The Essentials AFS Indonesia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Language Instruction AFS Indonesia offers language lessons once a…

Life in Ireland
Culture Trek

Life in Ireland

The Essentials All Programs Ireland Welcome Booklet for Year Programs Summer Program Welcome Information Ireland Rules & Laws AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Packing Guide Parent Letter Arrival Information…

Life in Italy
Culture Trek

Life in Italy

The Essentials All Programs AFS Italy Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year/Semester High School Host School FAQ Italian School System 101 Arrival Information Visa FAQ…

Life in Japan
Culture Trek

Life in Japan

The Essentials All Programs AFS Japan Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year/Semester High School Host School FAQ Characteristics of Japanese High School Life Arrival Information…

Life in Kenya
Culture Trek

Life in Kenya

The Essentials Global Prep AFS Kenya Welcome Booklet Living with a Kenyan Host Family AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Digging Deeper Language Resources Rosetta Stone: Swahili Live Lingua Project:…

Life in Latvia
Culture Trek

Life in Latvia

The Essentials AFS Latvia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Changes to Hosting Realities (COVID-19) Digging Deeper Language Resources…

Life in Mexico
Culture Trek

Life in Mexico

The Essentials AFS Mexico Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Rosetta Stone: Spanish Duolingo (free language learning app) Memrise:…

Life in Nepal
Culture Trek

Life in Nepal

The Essentials Global Prep AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Digging Deeper Language Resources Learn 101: Nepali  ilanguages: Learn Nepali  Omniglot: Useful Phrases in Nepali Free Nepali Guru App Nepali: A…

Life in New Zealand
Culture Trek

Life in New Zealand

The Essentials AFS New Zealand Welcome Booklet  AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Cultural Resources Hofstede Center: New Zealand BBC: New…

Life in Norway
Culture Trek

Life in Norway

The Essentials AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Visa FAQ Year High School Program AFS Norway Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Arrival Information Digging Deeper Language Resources Norwegian Language Booklet…

Life in Panama
Culture Trek

Life in Panama

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year/Semester High School AFS Panama Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Year/Semester Community Service AFS…

Life in Paraguay
Culture Trek

Life in Paraguay

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Year/Semester High School AFS Paraguay Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Year/Semester Community Service AFS Paraguay Welcome…

Life in Peru
Culture Trek

Life in Peru

The Essentials AFS Peru Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Rosetta Stone: Spanish Duolingo (free…

Life in Poland
Culture Trek

Life in Poland

The Essentials All Programs AFS Poland Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Year High School Arrival Information Host School FAQ Visa FAQ Language Requirements Applicants to the Year…

Life in Portugal
Culture Trek

Life in Portugal

The Essentials AFS Portugal Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Practical Information Survival Guide Discussion Questions for Your Host Family Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Portuguese…

Life in Russia
Culture Trek

Life in Russia

The Essentials All Programs AFS Russia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year High School Host School FAQ Arrival Information Travel Guidelines Visa FAQ Global Prep…

Life in Serbia
Culture Trek

Life in Serbia

The Essentials AFS Serbia Welcome Booklet Get to Know Serbia AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Serbian Music School Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper…

Life in Slovakia
Culture Trek

Life in Slovakia

The Essentials AFS Slovakia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Memrise: Slovak iLanguages: Slovak Slovak 101 Surface Languages: Slovak…

Life in Spain
Culture Trek

Life in Spain

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year/Semester High School AFS Spain Welcome Booklet Rules & Responsibilities Host School FAQ Tips for Your Spanish Exchange…

Life in Sweden
Culture Trek

Life in Sweden

The Essentials AFS Sweden Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Welcome Letter Visa FAQ  Changes to Hosting Realities (COVID-19) Digging Deeper Language Resources…

Life in Switzerland
Culture Trek

Life in Switzerland

The Essentials AFS Switzerland Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources ActiLingua: German Ralf-Kinas: German LiveMocha: German Rosetta…

Life in Thailand
Culture Trek

Life in Thailand

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year High School AFS Thailand Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Arrival Information School Program Rules and Responsibilities Visa…

Life in the Netherlands
Culture Trek

Life in the Netherlands

The Essentials AFS Netherlands Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Rosetta Stone: Dutch Duolingo (free language learning…

Life in Turkey
Culture Trek

Life in Turkey

The Essentials All Programs AFS Turkey Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year High School Host School FAQ Arrival Information (Coming Soon!) Visa FAQ Digging Deeper…

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Area Team Articles

New Sponsored Programs Coordinator

The California Central Coast Area Team of AFS Intercultural Programs announces that Santa Clarita, Calif., resident Tracy O’Garro has accepted the volunteer position of Sponsored Programs Cluster Coordinator. In this…

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Area Team Articles

Meet Our Newest Volunteer

The California Central Coast Area Team of AFS Intercultural Programs is pleased to announce that Justine Tuncan, a Valencia High School junior, has become the team’s newest registered volunteer. As…

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Global Choice

Whanganui High School

Whanganui High School is a modern, co-educational school of approximately 1,500 students and over 160 staff. Their International Department has about 65 international students, which make up five percent of…

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Global Choice

Western Heights High School

Western Heights is a state, coeducational school with a student body of 1,550. It is Rotorua’s most popular and largest high school, offering excellent pastoral care and student safety. Academically,…

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Global Choice

Whakatane High School

Unfortunately, enrollment for this school is FULL for the 2020 school year. Check out other New Zealand Global Choice schools that are still accepting new students for 2020. Whakatane High…

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Global Choice

Hillmorton High School

Hillmorton High School is a coeducational school with approximately 750 students, including 20 to 25 international students. With a diverse student body, students come from over 40 ethnic backgrounds contributing…

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Global Choice

Papanui High School

Papanui High School is a coeducational, uniform school located in suburban Christchurch, which is ten minutes from both the city center and the airport. It has the benefit of being…

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Global Choice

Te Puke High School

Te Puke High School is a semi-rural, uniform, coeducational secondary school located in the township of Te Puke, approximately 10 minutes from the coast. Te Puke High School has a…

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Global Choice

Aotea College

Aotea College is a multicultural, co-educational school of 930 students, located in the beautiful Porirua Basin. The college has a long-standing tradition of welcoming international students and offering them an…

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Global Choice

Rangitoto College

Rangitoto College is renowned nationally and internationally for offering students a kind environment in which they can develop academically and personally. With 40 different kinds of sports to choose from…

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Blog, Study Abroad Articles

New Zealand Travel Tips

New Zealand is a wonderland of incredibly beautiful, diverse ecosystems and geography. It’s an otherworldly, exciting destination that’s home to turquoise waters and sandy beaches, lush forests and gorges, glaciers…