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15 Jul 2016
Intercultural Experiences Help People Develop Important Skills
There is a common factor that helps young people become more flexible and adaptable, be more innovating and better at speaking foreign languages. According to a recent research study, this factor is - intercultural experiences! This study has found that school exchange programs, volunteering abroad, independent travel, university study and work placements abroad have a profound and positive effect on individuals, employers...
13 Jul 2016
AFS at the 2016 Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication
Starting today July 13th until July 29th, hundreds of professionals and educators of the intercultural communication field will gather to attend the 2016 Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SI IC) in Portland, Oregon, USA. The Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication has a 40 years of experience in educational and professional development on intercultural theory, training and facilitation, which...
28 Jun 2016
Bringing Refugees and Their Adopted Communities Together Through Intercultural Learning
For refugee students and the communities they are moving into, intercultural understanding and integration are critical. Over the past 69 years, AFS Intercultural Programs has helped people from different cultures learn how to live together and become global citizens through a worldwide network of more than 40,000 volunteers. Working with schools and education experts around the globe through our study abroad and other...
21 Jun 2016
Educating for Peace — New Issue of Connect: Intercultural Insights for Global Citizens
Educating and empowering global and active citizens to build more just and peaceful societies has been the mission of AFS for decades. Launched on World Refugee Day, this issue of Connect : Intercultural Insights for Global Citizens explores how intercultural learning works as a foundation of peace. When peace-building and humanitarian work call for conflict resolution, intercultural competence is required to develop...
14 Jun 2016
Relevance of Interfaith Dialogue in a Diverse Society
What is the role of interfaith dialogue for creating diverse societies and organizations, like AFS? The seminar “Islam in Europe – between Assimilation and Rejection” organized by the European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) earlier this year addressed this challenging topic and inspired many AFSers to continue thinking and analyzing this topic. You can read more in our previous blog post...
10 Jun 2016
Understanding Culture Using Metaphors
What is the image that first pops in your mind when you want to explain what culture is? Is it a tree, an onion or an iceberg? Or is it something completely different? Najmuzzaman Mohammad , a board member of AFS India and the Qualified Trainer for the AFS Intercultural Link Learning Program , shares different metaphors and models of culture to help shed a light on this complex term. - – - Over the years, numerous...
1 Jun 2016
One of the most frequent questions exchange students (and their parents) ask when considering study abroad programs is if this time in another country and school will be recognized upon their return home. And for students in many countries the answer is not always a clear yes. Some students need to redo their year abroad when they come back, others take additional exams. The European Federation for Intercultural Learning...
19 May 2016
The Seven Cardinal Virtues of Study Abroad
Positive experiences of participants in study abroad programs include a wide range of benefits, that cover personal, interpersonal, cultural and global skill development. In a very concise and to-the-point article , our friends and colleagues at NAFSA: Association of International Educators explore these benefits further. The Senior Director of Education Abroad Services at NAFSA, Caroline Donovan White explains why study...
6 May 2016
6 Steps to Promote Intercultural Learning in Your Classroom
Introducing high school students to intercultural learning is what AFS knows how to do – but can schools and teachers also join in this initiative? We think so! Check out this post with some very practical tips and tools about how a classroom can be an introductory ground for developing global citizenship skills. This blog post, originally published in the Global Classrooms newsletter, comes to us from Sarah Lorya...
27 Apr 2016
AFS to Condemn all Types of Discrimination
Just a few days after the April attacks in the Brussels airport and metro, a group of European AFS volunteers from 15 different countries gathered in this city to help increase the impact of AFS in fighting Islamophobia and to promote interreli...
19 Apr 2016
5 Reasons to Attend the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication
The Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC) has a 40-year history of providing educational and professional development on intercultural theory, training and facilitation. This year SIIC will take place between 13-29 July with over 5...
14 Apr 2016
All you need is love… and chocolate?
AFS recently asked our social media followers to describe their intercultural experience with 5 emojis – the results we’ve seen have been fascinating! While most responses contained hearts, smiling faces and flags of the countries our stu...
30 Mar 2016
Creating Significant Learning Experiences: From Ideas to Implications
Designing engaging and impactful learning environments has never been easy. Formal education settings – classrooms – have struggled with teacher-centered and learner-centered designs for a while, group work and individual tasks have been ...
22 Mar 2016
Honoring the Past & Looking to the Future: New School Curriculum Available!
The Volunteers: Americans Join WWI, 1914-1919 Curriculum AFS is proud to share our exciting new secondary school curriculum The Volunteers: Americans Join WWI, 1914-1919 . This unique curriculum honors the past – notably the important role ...
18 Mar 2016
Educational and Professional Development Opportunity for Interculturalists This Summer
Are you enthusiastic about building bridges among cultural differences, softening barriers to living life with cultural others, and probing the mysteries of unknown places and peoples? Would you like to develop your knowledge and skills as trainer, m...