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France

AFS Intercultural Programs: High School Abroad in France

Paris is magnificent, but France is more than one city. There's the beautiful countryside from the Atlantic to the Alps and from the English Channel to the Mediterranean

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Italy

AFS Intercultural Programs: High School Abroad in Italy

Italians know how to enjoy life, whether through exquisite art, music, and architecture; the company of friends and family; the beautiful game of soccer; or an after-dinner...

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China

AFS: China Global Prep

Discover Sustainability in China From the moment you arrive in China, you’ll get a sense of the crowds, culture, and cuisine that make it one of the most exciting countries...

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Sweden

AFS Intercultural Programs: High School Abroad in Sweden

Stretching more than 1,200 miles from its northern reaches in the Arctic Circle to its southern tip that is parallel with Denmark, Sweden encompasses a wealth of natural

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Switzerland

AFS Intercultural Progams: High School Abroad in Switzerland

Switzerland is a small, polished gem of a country, with mountains, forests, lakes, and modern cities like Zurich and Geneva. While there are three common languages- German...

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Costa Rica

AFS Intercultural Programs: Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most popular destinations for AFS-USA Exchange Students, and with good reason. The country is home to proud, friendly, and peaceful citizens known...

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India

AFS Intercultural Programs: India High School Program

India is bounded to the southwest by the Arabian Sea, to the southeast by the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean to the south. Along its northeastern frontier are the Himalayas,...

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New Zealand

AFS Intercultural Programs: Abroad in New Zealand

New Zealand's two islands are divided by Cook Strait. The North Island boasts volcanoes, hot springs, mud pools, geysers, and beautiful beaches, while the South Island has...

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Guatemala

AFSNext: Education, Development and Healthcare in Guatemala

Guatemala is as varied in local culture and ecosystems as it is in neighboring countries. As a volunteer in Guatemala, you'll begin to explore this heart of Mayan civilization...

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India

AFSNext: Education and Women’s Rights in India

The India experience begins the moment you step off the plane and stays with you long after you depart. The mixture of languages, religions, spectacular architecture, and...

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India

AFSNext: Social equality programming in New Delhi, India

The India experience begins the moment you step off the plane and stays with you long after you depart. The mixture of India's languages, religions, spectacular architecture,...

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Morocco

AFSNext: Community development in Morocco

If you're searching for a destination that speaks to all of your senses, you'll find it as a volunteer in Morocco. The country's ancient medinas, quaint coastal towns, and...

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Ireland

AFS: Ireland Global Prep

The Ireland Global Scholar Program Ireland’s ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ begins in County Donegal, an area of the Irish Republic that is rich in history, culture, and stunning...

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China

AFS China - Summer - Chinese Language and Culture Program

Get an introduction to the Mandarin language through immersion in Chinese daily life. This four-week program offers you the opportunity to take introductory language classes...

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AFS-USA Reviews

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Itinerary

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    5

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Satisfaction

    7

Trip to China

AFS is a good program if you really want to do it. i had an okay time in China, and that is only because we spent most of our time in a classroom. if it was not for my family, I would have barely been able to explore China.

Program: AFS: China Global Prep

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

My life changed in India!

Going to India was absolutely incredible! I learned more in that short time, than I ever thought was possible. The people were extremely hospitable there and they showed that they truly cared about me and my experience there. AFS is an amazing organization and I'll always be grateful for the time I had there!

Program: AFS Intercultural Programs: India High School Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Personal Development

    10

Best Experience of My Life!

AFS is a great organization to study abroad with in high school, and not obscenely expensive. Host families are entirely volunteer, so they usually are super excited and looking forward to hosting an exchange student. My host family was great, and I still keep in contact with them 3 years later! I made some of the best friends through AFS. Starting with a pre-departure orientation in the US, orientations in Italy, and usually the placement of multiple other exchange students in your high school, you'll make the best friends you could wish for! I had a full language immersion with AFS, and left Italy conversationally proficient in Italian. Most students had tutoring through AFS while in Italy, but my tutoring fell through, so I had to learn most of it on my own. I would say that was the only drawback to my AFS program! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! If you are able, study abroad in high school!!! It's such a great experience, and it really will change the way you see the world, especially at such a young age. DO IT! Check out my blog for more info on my exchange: www.leahsharabyabroad.blogspot.com

Program: AFS Intercultural Programs: High School Abroad in Italy

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Personal Development

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Opportunities

    9

Eye-opening, memorable, difficult, rewarding, unforgettable

I chose AFS because of it's reputation for exchanges and it's long history in the field.

Spending time on the Swedish west coast with my host family all the time was simply memorable.

Program: AFS Intercultural Programs: High School Abroad in Sweden

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Program Opportunities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Personal Development

    8

10 months in France through AFS

It was a transformative ten months for me. I learned to speak French fluently, I made good friends, and I understood a different way of looking at life through my immersion in French culture. Even though I gained so many beautiful memories from living in France, I think that it's important to say that it was a roller coaster of joy and unhappiness. When every day presents new experiences, you're going to feel a little lost, a little unstable. At the end, you come out knowing yourself and your world better.

AFS is a supportive program that puts an emphasis on safety. I appreciate that I felt well-cared-for throughout my time in France. They have a network of volunteers, and they make sure that there are plenty of people you can talk to. AFS also hosts little get-togethers with the regional AFS students and volunteers. They try to make it fun, but they also check up on how you're doing. At the get-togethers, I could talk with the other AFS students and compare notes about French people, French food, things we loved, and things we didn't like. If you're the only foreign student at a high school, it's good to know that you aren't the only one who finds certain aspects of French culture strange. I made friends with AFS-ers from different states of the U.S., Thailand, Colombia, and Japan, as well as many other countries!

I should mention that my experience with AFS France was a little bit different from the "normal" experience; instead of being matched with a host family, I stayed with a family that my mother knew already. Even with a family connection like I had, it was difficult to adapt to living with different people in a different culture than I was used to. A lot of people I know didn't get along perfectly with their host families. Some people got very young host parents with no children, some people got a bunch of younger siblings, some people ended up in tiny villages with more cows than people, and some people lived in hopping cities. There's really no knowing what kind of experience you'll have because each family is different, and each region has certain things you'll like and some that you won't.

If you're interested in studying in France, I think AFS is a good program to go with. You should know from the beginning that it's going to be a tough, wonderful experience. On the other hand, don't be scared to go for it!

Program: AFS Intercultural Programs: High School Abroad in France

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