We understand that education has taken on a new look and feel over the past year and some of that may continue in the 2021-2022 academic year. Students, families, the U.S. Department of State, and AFS-USA will continue with their goals of intercultural learning and global citizenship while keeping safety as a top priority. Hear directly from Mr. Devoll, principal at Old Rochester Regional High School in Massachussetts, as he advocates to the local School Board for approval to welcome AFS students this year:


  • Our AFS-USA safety protocols prioritize safe experiences for exchange students, host families, and host schools. Click here for more information and a message from our president.
  • A letter in support of accepting inbound exchange students during the 2021-2022 academic year has been shared by the Council on Standards of International Educational Travel (CSIET) which you can view here.
  • For a statement on the value of student exchange as a mechanism of citizen diplomacy from the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs click here.
  • To learn more about the AFS Global Competence Certificate, a virtual professional development experience for educators (blended learning, 20+ hours of engaging content), click here.
  • To listen to the new AFS Podcast “The AFS Exchange”, featuring school administrators who have welcomed AFS students into their schools, visit afsusa.org/podcast.
  • High school teachers have had a long-lasting impact on our students! Watch the video below expressing appreciation to American teachers for their tremendous impact on AFS exchange students:


If you have any questions regarding the above information or resources, please contact [email protected].