In this extraordinary time, when feelings of isolation may arise as many of us maintain social distancing, we can still use virtual exchange and resources to learn, connect, and increase our cultural awareness and empathy. Quarantine is temporary, but curiosity about the world is endless.

While we all adjust to distance learning, this is where you can explore the countries, territories, and cultures in which AFS brings people together. As we’re social distancing, we can still learn online with each other, create global solidarity, and plan our next adventures. We need intercultural exchange and global solidarity now more than ever.

Where do you want to explore?

AFS-USA connects people across 90+ countries and territories. Search here to find more about the places, people, and perspectives you can find out there. Learn online about aspects of cultures like family dynamics, holidays, official languages, cuisines, and more.

Explore by region:  Africa | Asia | Europe | Latin America | North America | Oceania

What is Culture?

Culture Points is a series of posts that quickly explain broad cultural concepts, communication styles, norms, values, and orientations, which help us make sense of cultural differences and suspend judgement. These posts are like overlooks or viewpoints that can help us pause and gain perspective on any intercultural journey. They are part of our step-by-step guide to living abroad, Culture Trek.

Global Teens

Our students bring together diverse perspectives. Here you'll find everything from lists of TV shows popular around the world to interviews and guest blogs from our exchange students and newest alumni.

AFS Virtual Programs

Explore virtual programs

Recipes from Around the World

Exchange recipes with our community

Global Educators

Now is a critical time to show your students the importance of diversity and global competence with our lesson plans and resources. We know distance learning comes with unique challenges, especially for teachers. Keep your class engaged with the world while they learn from home.

AFS-USA supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals by facilitating programs and providing resources to amplify and encourage action towards the UN’s vision for a more sustainable and peaceful world.

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