AFS Study Abroad Global Prep Program in Colombia

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Colombia’s diverse, vibrant lifestyle is influenced by its indigenous, African, and European heritage. On this two-week Global Prep program, you and your group will explore the country’s dynamic culture, starting with the city of Popayan, which offers ornate churches, colorful markets, and fascinating archeological sites. You’ll also have the chance to venture into Colombia’s lush natural landscape and take part in activities like horseback riding and hiking. By living with a local host family, you’ll truly become a part of Colombian daily life as you share conversations and cultural insights around the dinner table.

  • Immerse yourself in Spanish – the best way to develop your foreign language skills.
  • Make connections and memories you'll never forget with other AFS exchange students from all over the world.
  • Live with a host family to deepen your immersion and connection to Colombian culture. If you’re like most AFSers, you won’t want to leave this second family and home.
  • You and your group will spend a few days at the Puracé National Park, where you can visit natural wonders like hot springs and towering volcanos!
  • Become a global citizen. Gain intercultural communication skills. Build your college and career resume. Help create a more peaceful, understanding world.


AFS-USA Scholarships
AFS-USA Grants & Scholarships

The opportunity to study abroad should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial means. Annually, we award scholarships to about half of our study abroad students.

$1,000 - $5,000

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Yes, I recommend this program

My AFS experience in Colombia!

My trip to Colombia with AFS was the best 2 weeks of my life. Every single day I think about my experience in Colombia. AFS Colombia are very caring people and want you to experience what Colombia has to offer. You learn so many new things about Colombia while you're there. Even trying new foods! Each day you experience a new activity such as going to a Joropo Festival, camping, spending time with your host family, attending a dance class and so much more. You make so many friends and meet so many amazing people that you will miss them once you leave Colombia. My most favorite part was going to a Colombian elementary school and helping one of my fellow AFSers with her project which was "Kids Tales" since she won the project change visionary award. Being able to meet Colombian children and talking to them was the best experience I had in Colombia. Overall, Colombia is the best place to go on a summer exchange trip. You will fall in love with the country.

What would you improve about this program?
If I had to change one thing about this program, I would want to experience other parts of Colombia. Even though I was in Bogota and Villavicencio, I wish I had the opportunity to go to Medellin, Cali and Baranquilla in Colombia. Also, I would love for the program to be extended and longer than 2 weeks. When the program ended, I didn't even want to come back home!