AFS (American Field Service) Inter-cultural Program is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help youth develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.
Through the programs, AFS helps people of all ages and backgrounds develop leadership, problem-solving, language and intercultural skills needed to succeed in a global economy and make a positive difference in the world.
It prepares and activates future leaders, global citizens and change makers with essential 21st century intercultural skills to engage, lead and collaborate effectively in different cultural settings. AFS international exchange, study abroad and volunteer programs are supported by research-based intercultural learning journeys facilitated by trained AFS volunteers and staff.
AFS was founded in April 1915 by A. Piatt Andrew, a former assistant professor of economics at Harvard and director of the U.S. Mint.
AFS is volunteer driven with 40,000 volunteers, 59 organisations network and 12,578 participants in 99 countries worldwide.
Exchange & Study Abroad Programs:
It covers a wide range of programs – from High School Study Abroad, Language Learning, Volunteer Abroad, Gap Year Opportunities, Adult Study Abroad, Internships Abroad, Teacher Exchanges and Summer/ Short-term Study Abroad.
In the Exchange Programs, participants live with a host family while attending school or working within a community, gaining a fresh perspective on a foreign culture. Participants can spend a full year in a foreign culture or take part in one of the shorter programs that last only a few weeks.
Countries for Malaysians to choose from include: China, Japan, Belgium Flanders, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Denmark, Finland, France, French Belgium, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Argentina & Uruguay, Brazil, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.
Students aged between 15 – 18+ on date of departure (some destinations have more specific age limit), be in good physical and mental health, be open minded, mature and ready for a challenge, at least a B grade average or equivalent at school (academic brilliance not required), be adaptable, responsible and flexible, be a keen learner and experience the world!
AFS charge a fee for Student Exchange and Study Program. In return, students are provided with the following: Placement with host family, Enrollment at a local high school for the duration of the program, International Airfare, Airfare Management, Visa guidance and advice (Visa application submission and cost is student’s responsibility), Domestic travel in your host country to your host family, Medical Insurance (Exclusions apply), 24/ 7 Worldwide support network, Arrival and departure orientations.
Accommodation and food while staying with host are provided by host. AFS host families worldwide are volunteers and are not paid. They open their homes to students in order to share their community and culture as well as to enrich their own family lives.
There are local and international scholarships for some programs. Information is available and application can be made online from the same AFS website.
Host Family Programs:
Malaysians can also sign up to host a visiting exchange student or teacher from abroad. Hosting an AFS student is a rewarding and meaningful intercultural learning adventure for the entire family—sharing cultures, traditions and gaining new perspectives.
Malaysians can serve as AFS local volunteers to support students and families through their AFS intercultural journeys, participate in governance and policy development and lead social impact projects with local schools and communities.
Application & Enquiries:
Yayasan AFS Antarabudaya Malaysia
A-10-2, Block A, Plaza Glomac
Jalan SS 7/19, Kelana Jaya
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: +603 7887 6866
Fax: +603 7787 5486
Web: http://www.afsmas.org/, http://afs.org/
AFS Malaysia National Director
Ms Wee Hui Bieh, AFMSA, April. 2017
Official website of AFS and AFS Malaysia.
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