About us

AFS is about making the world a better place! And you can make a difference.

We provide intercultural learning and volunteer opportunities for students, young adults, teachers and families through international exchange and we've been doing it since 1947!

AFS is one of the world’s largest not-for-profit volunteer based organisations.

Aotearoa New Zealand was one of 11 original partner countries and today there are 52 partner countries within the AFS network and over 350,000 students have been hosted throughout the world.

Over 10,000 New Zealanders have studied abroad through AFS including Sam Morgan (Trade Me), Peter Williams (broadcasting), Nick Smith (politics), Dame Anne Salmond (education) and Chresten Davis (All Black).

In addition, over 10,000 AFS students have been hosted in New Zealand since 1947. AFS New Zealand currently has more than 500 active volunteers throughout the country.

AFS New Zealand's mission statement

AFS Aotearoa New Zealand provides life-long intercultural learning opportunities in local and global communities to foster the aroha, manaakitanga and respect needed for a more just and peaceful world.

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