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Final School Presentation

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AFS-USA works toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to schools and students like YOU!
Study abroad changed my life! I gained...
Independence
Direction
Language
Connections
What are AFS-USA's requirements?

Age 15-18 for high school programs, 18 and older for Gap-year programs
GPA 2.8
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
YEAR
Complete immersion
About 10 months
Become fluent


SUMMER
4-8 weeks
Options: Homestay, language study, community service
The Right Program for you
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
Year program
German immersion
AFS students must reside in Northeast U.S.
Apply online: www.usagermanyscholarship.org
NSLI-Y

Intensive language classes
Summer or Year
Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish
Apply online: www.nsliforyouth.org
Kennedy-Lugar YES Abroad
Cultural immersion
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"?
Intercultural Learning:
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
What's Next?
Visit www.afsusa.org
Sign up for an Online Info Session
Check out www.AFSblog.org
Join ‘Ask an AFSer’ on Facebook
Talk to your parents
Apply!
So,
where
can I go?
AFRICA
Egypt
Ghana
South Africa
AMERICAS
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Honduras
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
ASIA/PACIFIC RIM
China
India
Indonesia
Japan
Malaysia
New Zealand
Thailand
EUROPE
Austria
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Czech Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Iceland

EUROPE (CONT'D)
Italy
Latvia
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
Russia
Slovakia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
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
Study

abroad sounds pretty great, but why AFS?
SEMESTER
Works for busy students
About 6 months
Learn a language
GAP Programs
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?

Cuba
Japan
Mexico
Sri Lanka
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?

a) Shona
b) Matabele
c) English
d) Xhosa
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?

Saudi Arabia
United States
Indonesia
China
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...
www.afsusa.org/study-abroad
www.afsusa.org/study-abroad/scholarships
Programs (semester, year, summer, etc.)
Host countries
Scholarships
Academic Credit
Current AFSers and Returnees
And more!
www.facebook.com/AskanAFSer!
Any
questions?
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
10 Days
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.
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