The process of selecting families is meticulous, so it may take time. As soon as your host family has been found and their contact details in your hands, we encourage you to initiate the first contact with them as soon as possible.
Review your goals
Do you know what your own reasons are for participating in this program? In general, the main goal is to get to know a different way of life. There are also other fairly common reasons: maturing and becoming independent, learning another language and facing new challenges.
It is important for you to know that AFS programs are not tourism programs, so if your interests are to travel your host country from one year to the next or take a sabbatical year, perhaps you should reconsider your choice.
Think about what you hope to get from the experience and remember that an ideal year does not exist, nor does an ideal participant. Each intercultural exchange is a unique and personal experience.
AFS provides you with the organization and structure to carry out your exchange, but don’t forget that a large part of the success of your experience is in your hands! You will need to be open-minded, flexible and ready to overcome any obstacles that may arise.