Health and Safety for Hosted Students

Important Information for All AFS Participants

During your exchange you’ll have new and different experiences, but some things remain the same. While AFS has many policies and procedure in place to help protect your safety and well being, all travel and adjustment to new surroundings comes with some risk.

While traveling and living in your host community it is important to be aware of your surroundings, your appearance and take care with your belongings. Uncomfortable situations can occur anywhere. It can be difficult to handle a new situation within your home country but, in a culture that is new to you, such a situation can be even more confusing.

It is important to keep in mind that you should not compromise your personal moral values while you are on an AFS program

While it is important for an exchange student to be open-minded, adventuresome, and accepting of the host culture, this does not mean you should ignore what you have learned in your home culture. It is always a good idea to observe the behavior of those around you then follow what your inner voice tells you about what is right and what is wrong.

If you are ever in doubt about whether any behavior you have experienced or observed is appropriate, or have a concern about your safety or that of a fellow participant, please immediately share your concern with your host parents, liaison, AFS staff member or any other trusted adult.

Click here to download a pdf document of AFS Personal Safety Rules

Know the rules to keep yourself safe!