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Known as a centerpiece of European history and culture, Prague is a must-see for any globe-trotter and an incredible introduction for first time travelers. Throughout the Czech Republic’s history, Prague has been at the intersection of ideas, art, and world politics. The result is a city that satisfies even the most acute wanderlust.

During this two-week Global Prep program, topics that you’ve only read about will transform into textures, tastes, and first-hand stories. Want to learn about World War II or the Cold War? You’ll travel to Berlin to see the remnants of these world-changing events. Interested in learning about the artistic movements of Europe and the architecture built out of them? Come with us, and see it yourself.

When you’re not using Prague as your classroom, you’ll venture to Bohemia – the Czech Republic’s countryside. There, you’ll visit quintessential European towns overflowing with charms, castles, and stories. Throughout your journey, you’ll see how history has left its fingerprints on modern day Czech culture. You’ll have opportunities to experience the Czech Republic by joining Czech families and peers for some dinners during your course. After two-weeks, you’ll walk away with an educated and authentic understanding of a breathtaking country and culture.

“I would say that this experience was life changing. I’ve heard of so many people saying it would be and they weren’t wrong. I felt like I learned so much about myself and about a whole new culture.”
– Stephanie L., Program Participant

Eligibility Requirements

Most Global Prep programs accept participants between the ages of 13 and 18 years old. However, 13 and 14 year old’s aren’t eligible to enroll for certain Global Prep destinations. If you wish to participate and will be 13 or 14 years old at the date of departure for the program, please contact AFS for more information about specific program eligibility. Please also keep in mind that due to regulations mandated by the airlines, 13 and 14 year old participants will be considered Unaccompanied Minors and additional charges will apply.

Sample Program Itinerary to Czech Republic

The below itinerary serves as an outline for the program, and each Global Prep experience will vary based on group size and opportunity.

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1. Starting your Bohemian adventure

Your journey will begin in New York, where you’ll meet the other members of your group. From there, you’ll travel together with your AFS Group Leader to Prague. You’ll be welcomed at the Václav Havel airport by local staff or volunteers for a welcome dinner and some rest. After a quick arrival orientation filled with helpful context and culture tips, you’ll begin to dive into Prague – a gem of central Europe. As you take in the city’s mixture of gothic and baroque architecture, you’ll see why Prague is called the “City of a Hundred Spires.”

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2. Exploring Prague’s Architecture, Art, and History

After you settle in, you’ll take a tour of Popayan, exploring twisty, windy streets and visiting the amazing churches and museums that make the city unique. One of the highlights is sure to be El Morro del Tulcán, a Pre-Colombian pyramid built by the indigenous people of the area. Next you’ll head to the nearby town of Silvia to learn about the indigenous Guambiano people (who still live in the town today) and visit a local market. For one of many hands-on cultural experiences, you and your group will visit Santa Julia to learn how traditional foods like arepas and tortillas are made.

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3. The Renaissance, WWII, and today in Bohemia, Prague, and Berlin

After learning about early European history, you’ll jump through the decades to discover what it was like to live during the Renaissance. Traveling south to Český Krumlov, you’ll fall in love with one of Europe’s most charming towns. After returning to Prague, you’ll connect with World War II and see the famed site of remarkable last stands against the Nazi occupation and reflect on the somber, yet important Terezín transit camp outside of Prague. Your group will get to hike in gorgeous landscapes, go for a dip in natural swimming pools, or savor Prague’s cuisine. Later, you’ll have the incredible opportunity to visit Berlin, Germany! You’ll walk this world-famous capital, connecting the dots between these two beautiful cities and cultures.

After returning to your new stomping grounds of Prague, you’ll have a moment to relax as a group, eat Prague’s delicious ice cream, and take in the sights from the highest point in town.

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Your Accommodations

You’ll reside in a chaperoned dorm, only a couple of blocks away from AFS Czech Republic’s National office. You can expect to share a room with one other student of the same gender.

Group Leaders

This Global Prep experience is led by in-country experts and volunteers, in addition to an AFS-USA staff group leader who will chaperone your group to and from your host country.

What's Included

  • Round trip international airfare chaperoned by an American staff member
  • Accommodations, meals, and transportation
  • Secondary Health Coverage Plan
  • Access to a 24/7 Emergency Duty Officer
  • Visa Support
  • Please review the Terms and Conditions for complete guidelines.
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Returning Home

“Life-changing” is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad. “Transformed” is another one.
When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and developed the confidence and resilience to accomplish anything you set out to do.
That transformation isn’t only visible to you, though – others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers. Second language fluency, intercultural competence, creativity, and critical reasoning will help you succeed, whatever path you take. “Life-changing” means it’s only the beginning.
It’s not just an adventure abroad; it’s a whole new reality. The perspectives and personal connections you gained will stay with you and likely draw you back to the second home you found in Czech Republic.

In fact, our alumni reviews have made AFS one of the top-rated organizations in the study abroad industry.

A new you awaits

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