Our history and purpose

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. We work toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to educators, schools, youth, adults, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.

An AFS program from start to finish

Global Prep experiences are organized by people (not companies) who genuinely share our passion for excellence in intercultural learning. The program is genuinely AFS, from beginning to end, and reflects the experience and values that have made AFS the respected leader in student exchange and experiential training in global competency.

Value and affordability

AFS Global Prep experiences are generally less expensive than the usual packaged tours offered to students groups. Because our programs are managed in large part by AFS volunteers, we can offer genuine AFS experiences without utilizing the services of traditional tour operators. Pair these lower costs with the educational and issue-based components that we provide and you have a life-changing experience that offers quality and educational value at a price that's more affordable for everyone.