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Study Abroad Articles

Slang from Around the World

Slang reveals much about a culture and its sense of humor, attitude, and values. It’s the words and expressions we use colloquially that are indicative of regional personality and spirit, as well as our intercultural similarities and differences.

Blog, Alumni Articles

Young Alumni Reflections

For more than 70 years, AFSers like you have helped advance international awareness and cultural understanding while at the same time made the world a more just and peaceful place…

Culture Points, Educators Articles

What is Culture?

Culture is not easy to define. Some aspects of culture are obvious and concrete, like art or attire, while others are less noticeable or even subconscious, like body language or the social values that dictate it.

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…

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…

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…


Celebrate Cultural Diversity this 4th of July

The 4th of July conjures classically American images: baseball, fireworks, hotdogs, Bruce Springsteen. It’s the day we celebrate the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation and…

Blog, Study Abroad Articles

4 Wonders of Argentina

With Latin American and European influences, Argentina is a multifaceted country with so much to offer. There’s the romantic tango, the passion of fútbol culture, and the delicious beef prepared during an asado,…

Area Team Articles, Blog

Sky Camp!

Fun times at Pacific Cascades’s post-arrival orientation, Sky Camp! Mixing up deep discussions with a good dose of fun. Parents and siblings coming together with volunteers to support the student…

Area Team Articles, Blog

Redwoods Meet-Up

A group of students from AFS Pacific Cascades met together late September in California for a visit to the Redwoods.  The Douglas County local chapter sponsored a camping trip with…


Fall Festival Meet-Up

Denmark, France, Brazil, Switzerland, Dominican Republic, Chile and Germany represented AFS at the Fall Festival meet-up!


Second Arrivals

A few family photos of the first meeting between students and families at September arrivals.

Volunteer Articles

Spotlight On: Danielle Tye

Meet Danielle Tye…This is her 11th year volunteering with AFS! When people ask what her hobbies are, she always says “AFS.” Whether serving on the National Council, planning the National…