AFS, through the development of communication skills and adaptation to the unknown, gives its participants a new perspective on other peoples and cultures. The resulting empathy and compassion allow them to position themselves as mediators in future conflicts.

Research shows that AFS participants have greater cultural diversity in their social and professional circles. They are also more likely to have a job that involves frequent interactions with people from other cultures. The mention in a resume of participation in a study abroad program demonstrates to future employers that they are addressing a candidate who is able to work with people from other cultures.