Year: Take on the Dutch lifestyle for a year by living with a host family and attending a local high school. A highlight of the school system in Holland that most schools have adopted is a "survival week" in the Belgian Ardennes Forest. You can form bonds with your fellow students and create an experience that you will never forget on this special trip. You could be placed in a variety of locations throughout the Netherlands, though most likely will be in a small town. Because Holland is such a small country, access to bigger towns and cities is easy. Some regions are very rural, particularly in the north.
Dutch food is simple and nourishing and represents a mixture of European cooking styles. Breakfast during the week can be a bit haphazard as individual family members fend for themselves, depending on their schedules. There is usually bread and cheese, marmalade or peanut butter. Often on Sundays, the family will eat a special breakfast together.
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.