AFS-USA (formerly the American Field Service), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world through independent, nonprofit AFS Organizations, each with a network of volunteers, a professionally staffed office, and headed up by a volunteer board.
We've been exchanging students throughout the world for more than 65 years. That's six decades of history and experience in international education with an exemplary record of safety, security, and service to students, parents, and educators.
AnnaAge: 18 or youngerFemaleWayzata, MinnesotaUniversity of MinnesotaAFS Switzerland 2014-201512/19/2015How could this program be improved?
Communication between chapters. The West metro here in Minnesota isn't as developed as I'd like, and communication between different segments of AFS would have made things smoother.
HannahAge: 19-24FemaleMilwaukee, WI, USABeloit CollegeLife-changing.12/18/2015How could this program be improved?
I had some communication issues with AFS USA- calls weren't returned promptly, transferred to the wrong people, etc. The offices have since been restructured though, so I wouldn't anticipate that it'd be a big problem anymore.
JennaAge: 18 or youngerFemaleChilton, WisconsinUniversity of MinnesotaFunny Stories From My Time In New Zealand12/17/2015How could this program be improved?
I appreciate the safety precautions that AFS takes to ensure the safety of its students, but I feel that some of its regulations regarding travel that does not involve the host family should be less strict, such as its regulations on having to notify the organization when they wish to stay at a friend's house or if they would like to go on a trip with friends. Let the students take responsibility in their own wellbeing as well.