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.
RachelAge: 18 or youngerFemaleI live in Northville, Michigan. In Finland, I lived in Joensuu.The Best Summer of My Life06/01/2015How could this program be improved?
Better host family placement. Some of my friends were poorly matched with their host families or had host families that knew very little English.
SophiaAge: 18 or youngerFemaleMilwaukee, Wisconsin
SashaAge: 18 or youngerFemaleSouthern CaliforniaTough year, but worth the struggle05/07/2015How could this program be improved?
Support for students on the Japanese side of the program could be a lot better. My liaison stopped communicating with me only 3 months after I got there and I had trouble finding someone to talk to.
LarissaAge: 18 or youngerFemaleLititz, PennsylvaniaMessiah CollegeWhy Switzerland is the Greatest Place on Earth05/07/2015How could this program be improved?
Although my overall experience was more than could be asked for, I did have trouble communicating with AFS about extending my stay for a week at the end, and that led to a bit of stress. An improvement would be to have a set hierarchy of people to contact when an exchange student needs something relatively big to be done.