Wrapping your head around your new role may seem like a challenge. Do not worry though, as AFS has been developing some useful tools that could help you see the bigger picture and how you in your new role fit into it. The resources mentioned in this section will help you understand in-depth the vision of AFS, as well as our take on intercultural education.
AFS Network Strategy
The AFS Strategy shapes the direction AFS as a whole is taking. AFS International, as well as all partner organizations around the world, are conducting their daily operations in light of the guidelines described in the strategy. It builds on market data and aims to find ways to ensure AFS’s place as a market leader in our field.
The Effect+ Program aims to provide 14-18-year-old highschoolers with tailored workshops on the topic of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how to apply those when interacting with their local community. Contact your national AFS office to find out what opportunities your organization has to engage in the Program.
Student and Host Family Intercultural Learning Journeys
AFS developed a comprehensive journey to establish network-wide standards in our intercultural content and support the intercultural learning of our participants and host families. The journeys describe the full learning path both stakeholders go through during their AFS experience. They also provide tools for both AFS staff and volunteers to facilitate learning in a meaningful way.
Intercultural Link Learning Program
AFS takes pride in being an educational organization. To enable our volunteers to improve their intercultural competence, and enhance our expertise in developing this in others, AFS created a Learning Program. The program consists of 4 levels, as well as a Qualified Trainers’ Training. It tackles different aspects of culture, communication, and learning styles.