Greater Charlotte Stories & Photos

  • Full Scholarships to Make Your Study Abroad Dreams a Reality

    AFS can help bring you to your destination of choice with these full, merit-based scholarships sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

  • Spotlight On: Christine McGarvey

    Christine, a volunteer in the Baltimore Team since 2012, shares her story!

  • 3 Commonly-Asked Questions About Hosting Exchange Students... Answered

    When people hear that our family hosts exchange students, we tend to get a lot of the same questions.

  • Welcome, World!

    Thirteen high school exchange students from nine countries around the world have joined their host families this month to spend up to a year living life as an American teenager.

  • Letters from this year's exchange students to next

    Exchange students from the Carolinas spent their Saturday together to consider the year they are wrapping up and what it will be like as they return - and offer their wisdom.

  • National Volunteer Week brings worlds together in Charlotte

    April, 2018 -- For National Volunteer Week, AFS Greater Charlotte joined forces with Habitat for Humanity to participate in building a home for a refugee family. Hear their story.

  • AFS Greater Charlotte promotes peace at fundraiser

    Approximately 150 people turned out Friday March 9 for our annual #PassPeaceForward event and fundraiser to create scholarship and partnership.

  • Uncovering the beauty of Pakistan

    Huda, an exchange student from Pakistan in the Carolinas this year, describes her view of women's rights in Pakistan in a winning essay for the US Department of State.

  • Holiday traditions around the world

    As our exchange students experienced their first American Christmas, we asked them to tell us about their typical holidays at home.

  • Dabney and our Italian connections

    November, 2017 -- Looking across to Italy, we discover how small the world is, starting with Dabney, Charlotte high school student currently near Modena.

  • Embrace Struggle

    Cause I'm leaving on a jet plane, ... only in my case it was an airplane. A reflection of the start of the journey for Emi, German exchange student in Charlotte.

  • What gift would you bring back from Scandinavia?

    Finnish exchange student Jussi met with the Honorary Consulate of Finland to make a plea for his favorite treats, and discovered more about what Finland offers.

  • Oh the places you go

    An AFS exchange is one of the most memorable years of a student and host family’s lives. But it doesn't have to stop there. Many families use the summer to reconnect.

  • The dramatic experience of an ordinary year

    Betsabe Rojas, a senior this year at South Meck High School, just spent a year as an exchange student living in Brazil. Nothing dramatic happened. And it changed her world.

  • Welcome 2017/18 Exchange Families

    This year's 16 exchange students arrive mid-August, and families are getting prepared.

  • Greater Charlotte students awarded scholarships for study abroad

    Seven students, two on scholarship, prepare for their international adventures, each traveling to a different country to fully emmerse themselves in the culture and language.

  • New in New York

    A dozen of this year’s AFS exchange students enjoyed a trip to New York, to experience its unique history and culture.

  • Norwegian father & son attend Myers Park HS 33 years apart

    Myers Park High School has been hosting exchange students for over 33 years. How do we know? Kaare Risung was an exchange student in 1983, says this year's student, his son.

  • Snapshot of 2016-17

    In 2016-17, AFS Charlotte welcomed 17 students from 12 countries to the Charlotte area. We have embraced their contributions as much a they embraced us.

  • Immigration, a real story

    Today, I work for a large corporation in Charlotte, I have no accent, my life is no different from my peers. At 4 years old, I was a Ugandan refugee.

  • Mayor Roberts & Ambassador to Slovenia address the importance of local efforts for global peace

    Nearly 200 people turned out March 31 for the first-ever fundraiser reception for AFS Greater Charlotte.