Today, intercultural interactions are an integral part of our lives. At AFS, we offer intercultural learning opportunities to people from all walks of life, so that they can develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and empathetic world.

Our mission

  • Broadening perspectives on oneself and the world ;
  • Learning to respect differences and reinforcing the belief that there is;
  • Encouraging sensitive and thoughtful communication and collaboration with other cultures;
  • Developing an appreciation of other cultures and encourage openness to new ideas, attitudes and traditions;
  • Developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
  • Joining the global AFS community, building bridges between cultures and connecting with different communities.

Intercultural training workshops

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Workshops for high school students

In a Canada increasingly characterized by diversity, it is imperative to address the challenges of pluralism in schools. Our workshops aim to encourage students to engage in harmonious intercultural interactions, both at school and in their personal lives.

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Workshops for educators

To help students develop intercultural knowledge and skills, it is essential to understand the key concepts and issues that define the cultural dynamics of today’s world.

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Workshops for the workplace

In today’s interconnected world, cultural diversity is present in every sphere of our lives, including the workplace. It is therefore essential to adjust and equip ourselves to communicate effectively and openly in the context of intercultural interactions.

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A unique learning experience

Our intercultural training workshops are designed to help you:

  • Learn firsthand about the impact of culture on values and the decisions you make
  • Gain the ability to better see yourself through the eyes of others
  • Challenge assumptions
  • Broaden your views on stereotypes and global issues
  • Gain understanding on how to shift perspectives effectively, appropriately and authentically
  • Create innovative solutions to resolve real-world challenges
  • Develop the practical 21st century skills, knowledge and understanding needed to become an active global citizen


The AFS Educational Approach


Our partnership with UNESCO

We are proud to be a consultative partner of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 2015. This status allows our respective organizations to collaborate on various initiatives.

“There is a clear relevance of AFS’ work to the current programs and activities of UNESCO, particularly in the fields of education, youth, and intercultural dialogue. Indeed, cooperation between UNESCO and AFS has a solid foundation based on many areas of common interest, synergies and previous collaborations.” — Irina Bokova, former Director General of UNESCO

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Opportunities for educators

Participation in the Effect+ program: With full scholarships, this AFS International program, available in English only, enables educators to acquire the intercultural skills needed to address global citizenship and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals with their students. The program has received special recognition from UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU).

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Contact our Intercultural Learning Coordinator now at: [email protected]