After 10 months of preparations, 182 AFSers (board members, staff and volunteers) from 38 AFS Organizations and friends (representatives of like-minded organizations, academicians, teachers, local educators) gathered in beautiful Budapest between 10-20 February, 2016 for the third edition of the AFS Academy - the largest cross-disciplinary learning opportunity for the global AFS network.

There was something to learn/ask/do/share/enjoy for everyone and anyone at the 2016 AFS Academy. Participants enjoyed 272 hours of trainings through 15 courses as well as 7 evening sessions with engaging keynote speeches from experts and panel discussions.

We are proud to share that the evaluations of the 2016 AFS Academy reflected a %100 overall satisfaction rate from the participants as well as %100 satisfaction for most courses.

Thank you to board, volunteers and staff of AFS Hungary for being amazing hosts, to all the trainers for all the hard work and to everyone that have participated in making the 2016 AFS Academy, the best one, yet!  




 Week 1:

 WED 10 THU 11  FRI 12  SAT 13 SUN 14 MON 15

Participant support in an Intercultural Environment

The Customer Journey: Generating Demand to Non-traditional (Diversity) Destinations 

Departures & Arrivals 

Facilitating Intercultural Groups - Advanced Intercultural Learning Training For Learning Program Qualified Trainers 


What Every Person Should Know About Intercultural Learning 

Building a Successful #AFSeffect Campaign: The secret to recruiting participants, host families and volunteers 


Information Management Training: Report Builder and ICT Tools

Host Family Preparation using interactive exercises
Welcome Dinner on the 4th floor

Keynote by Janet Bennett - Transformative Learning: It's Not a Small World After All

Evening Session

 How to use the #AFSEffect Campaign for Recruitment

Free Evening & Optional Tours

Week 1
Closing Dinner 

Carne di Hall Restaurant

Week 2
Welcome Dinner on the 4th floor


  Week 2:

MON 15 TUE 16 WED 17 THU 18 FRI 19 SAT 20


Departures & Arrivals     

 From Exchange to changemaking - Increasing our impact 



AFS Intercultural Learning Link Learning Program - Level 1  


Promoting AFS Through Educational Content Marketing  New Visions of Leadership: The Social Role of AFS Volunteers What Every Person Should Know About Intercultural Learning 

How to Advocate For Your AFS organization


 Creating great partnerships through Educator & School Relations 



Governance that Builds Value: Development Program


Week 2 
Welcome Dinner on the 4th floor

Keynote by Miklos Maroth - Refugee Crisis and the Relevance of ICL

 Free Evening & Optional Tours

Evening Session

AFS Educational Methodology Project

Closing Ceremony

Dinner Tour on Danube



 The speakers and facilitators for the AFS Academy 2016 include:


Dr. Janet Bennett is the executive director and co-founder of the US-based Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI), well-known in the AFS world for its Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC), which is attended regularly by AFSers from around the globe. As a master trainer and consultant, Janet designs and conducts intercultural and diversity training for colleges and universities, corporations, social service agencies, healthcare organizations, and international aid agencies. She teaches and publishes numerous articles on the subjects of intercultural training and adjustment processes, including the Handbook of Intercultural Training. Dr Bennett is a long-term supporter and friend of AFS.


Zoltán Pokorni is the former Minister of Education of Hungary between 1998-2001 with many years of experience in teaching at high school. Since 2010 Mr. Pokorni is the chair of the Committee for Education, Science and Research in the Parliament. He was elected four times as a major of the 12th district in Budapest, the one where the office of AFS Hungary is situated. 


Miklós Maróth is an Arabic-Latin-Greek linguist, orientalist, university professor. He is a member of the Society for Classical Studies and the Society for Oriental Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Since 2008 he is the Vice President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Mr. Maróth is the Director of the Avicenna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies since 2002. He wrote several publications on Islamic philosophy and theology, and on Muslim political theory as well.