Participants must be between the ages of 15 – 18,5 years old on the day of departure.
The AFS Program
After your host parents greet you with traditional hospitality, it shouldn’t be long before you feel at home in their open, friendly community. By going to a local high school, you’ll be totally immersed in a new language and customs, and what you learn during the day will be reinforced at night when you spend time with your host family. This is your chance to break out of your comfort zone and join in this diverse and ever-evolving culture.
Your high school
School starts in August or early September and ends mid-May to mid-June. In addition to a 10-11 week summer vacation (May-August), students typically have two weeks for winter holiday in late December/early January and, for some, a week of spring vacation in March or April. Schools also close during most federal and state holidays. School starts in August or early September and ends mid-May to mid-June. In addition to a 10-11 week summer vacation (May-August), students typically have two weeks for winter holiday in late December/early January and, for some, a week of spring vacation in March or April. Schools also close during most federal and state holidays.
Most AFS students are placed in coed public schools, however, there are some students who are placed in private schools. Private schools are often (but not always) run by religious organizations. Boarding schools are not very common in the US but do exist. A small number of high schools specialize in the Arts, Science or Vocational courses, as well as a few “alternative” high schools that focus on experiential learning and that offer a non-traditional curriculum.
In what grade level will I be enrolled?
AFS students are usually placed in 10th or 11th or 12th grade. AFS-USA can’t guarantee placement of AFSers at a particular grade level. US high schools place students in grade levels based on their academic transcripts, skill level, district policy and/or age.
AFS Interculture Canada is a registered charity (number 100071927RR0001). As such, it is authorized to solicit donations from the general public, businesses and foundations and to provide charitable donation receipts to donors who can then benefit from tax reductions.
To calculate your charitable donation tax credit, please go to the Canada Revenue Agency website: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/dnrs/svngs/clmng1b2-eng.html
For more information on fees, grants and fundraising.
“Life-changing” is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad.
“Transformed” is another one. When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn’t visible only to you, though – others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. “Life-changing” means it’s only the beginning.