AFS Intercultural Programs in India
After a hiatus of nearly 30 years, AFS returned to India in 2005 by sending a group of 45 students to USA, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Japan.
Over the past four years, more than 200 high school students from India have gone abroad on AFS exchanges to the different parts of the world. In addition, we also have programs for teachers who have gone to Japan and Denmark under the teacher exchange program.
Besides ‘sending’, AFS India ‘hosted’ students from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland. These participants stayed in Indian homes and attended local schools.
In 2009-10 AFS India is hosting close to 50 students and teachers from more than 10 different countries. The numbers are increasing every year.
Presently we are in 23 cities with many chapters of AFS India at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Baroda, Chennai, Jamshedpur, Mumbai, Pune and many more. The national office is in New Delhi.
Every year AFS provides thousands of high school age (16–18 year old) students from all over the world with opportunities to live in another country for an academic year. The young people become immersed in the life of their new community, living with a local host family and attending a local high school. They learn to appreciate other ways of doing things and begin to break down the barriers between cultures and people. The personal growth and learning for both students and their families is profound and sustained. Students gain increased maturity, skills and confidence, making them more successful in their academic and working lives. The families gain extended life-long relationships. Many students and families become involved in AFS as volunteers after the experience to help find and support other students and families to go on AFS.