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Final School Presentation
Transcript of Final School Presentation
Study abroad changed my life! I gained...
What are AFS-USA's requirements?
Age 15-18 for high school programs, 18 and older for Gap-year programs
Language - Very few programs have requirements
Good health physically, mentally and emotionally to ensure the safety of participants, and a positive experience
Open to new experiences and ready for new challenges
About 10 months
Options: Homestay, language study, community service
The Right Program for you
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
AFS students must reside in Northeast U.S.
Apply online: www.usagermanyscholarship.org
Intensive language classes
Summer or Year
Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish
Apply online: www.nsliforyouth.org
Kennedy-Lugar YES Abroad
Semester or Year
Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey
Apply online: www.yesprograms.org
U.S. Department of State Full Scholarship Programs
Before you start packing your bags, let's do a little research...
Appreciation of the world around me
By gaining a deeper understanding of culture, you'll be better equipped to live in today's increasingly intercultural world.
You'll also benefit from AFS' expertise in Intercultural Learning , which is increasingly valued on college applications and in future careers.
And knowing another language will benefit you for the rest of your life.
Maybe one of these?
What is the first word you think of when you hear the terms "global education" and "intercultural learning"?
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word "culture"?
An area of research, study and application of knowledge about different cultures, their differences and similarities.
...it comprises practical applications such as learning to negotiate with people from different cultures, living with people from different cultures, living in a different culture and the prospect of peace between different cultures.
- Milton Bennett
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Talk to your parents
can I go?
Bosnia and Herzegovina
60+ years of history
The largest exchange organization
The widest selection of programs
A supportive network of volunteers to help you in the US, and while you are abroad
Orientations throughout process
abroad sounds pretty great, but why AFS?
Works for busy students
About 6 months
Learn a language
Year, semester and summer
For high school grads
Academic or community service programs
Answer: Mexico! It’s not an island.
Which of these countries is not like the others?
Answer: True! In Iceland it is not customary for a wife to take the last name of her husband, and daughters’ last names traditionally end with the suffix “dottir” while sons’ last names end with “son”.
In Iceland, husbands, wives, sons and daughters usually all have different last names.
True or False?
Answer: English! Ghana is a former British colony, although there are many tribal languages spoken in Ghana. In all, approximately 67 languages are spoken in Ghana.
What is the official language of Ghana?
The number 4 is considered lucky in Japan.
True or False?
Answer: Indonesia! While many middle eastern countries have high percentages of Muslims and their countries’ national religion is Islam, they have relatively small populations in comparison with Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world.
Which country has the largest Muslim population?
Answer: False! The pronunciation of the number four sounds like the word for “death” in Japanese. According to most Japanese, the number seven comes closest to being a lucky number.
Tools such as our "Global Quiz" are designed to teach students about the world around them and to help them recognize their own preconceptions.
See the following links for more information on...
Programs (semester, year, summer, etc.)
Current AFSers and Returnees
But don't just take my word for it. These are quotes from some AFS-USA returnees:
"Going abroad in high school helped me grow and it shaped my character during a time in my life that was quite meaningful.
I became more confident,
I grew in my appreciation
of diversity, and I learned
to love more deeply.
Having gone through this in High School set me up for getting into college..."
"I credit my exchange for giving me independence, resiliency and an understanding of the real world that another year of American high school never could have..."
You never know when it will come in handy...
SCHOOL & COMMUNITY GROUP PROGRAMS
Customized educational experiences
What is AFS?
Why study abroad?
Support another student and share your culture as she/he learns to live in the USA.
Hosting with AFS
If you can't study abroad...
AFS is a non-profit, international
student exchange organization.
We've sent thousands of American students abroad to over 40 countries and hosted international students from over 60 countries
for 65+ years.
A Globally Competent Student is able to...
1. Investigate the world
2. Weigh multiple perspectives
3. Communicate ideas to others
4. TAKE CIVIC AND SOCIAL ACTION
IN THE WORLD!
Hosting an exchange student from another country is a great way to bring culture to your doorstep.
Make a lifelong friend to visit abroad in the future.
You don't need to host in order to study abroad - but you CAN do both!
Become an AFS-Ashoka Youth Venture changemaker and social entrepreneur! Create a project to take social action in the world! Talk to your teacher for more details.