By Allyson H. Sicard, Community Developer AFS Georgia Chapter
March 10, 2011
While travel can open the door to the world, immersing oneself in the culture of another country can make that experience life-changing. AFS Intercultural Programs is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that has been a leader in student exchange for more than 60 years. AFS can make that transforming exchange experience a reality!
One of the recent exhibitors at the Emory Summer Camp & Learning Expo, AFS is an academic program that provides opportunities for high school-aged students (ages 15-18) to travel abroad, stay with a host family, and attend school, all while immersing themselves in the surrounding culture. Students can travel to more than 40 countries on a summer, semester or yearlong program. Some countries even offer gap-year, language study, and community service programs. Scholarships are available. Currently, more than 13,000 students go on exchange every year within the AFS network, which includes AFS-USA and its partners worldwide. Support is provided 24/7 by experienced staff and trained volunteers.
If going abroad doesn't’t seem like the best fit or, perhaps, your children are still young, another great option is to bring the world to you. AFS is always looking for families to host exchange students. In the metro Atlanta area this school year, there are 20 AFS students from all over the world staying with host families and learning all they can about U.S. culture.
For more information about going abroad and/or hosting with AFS, please contact Ruth Blackstock, chairperson of the AFS Georgia Chapter, at 404-406-2917, or email firstname.lastname@example.org