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Kia ora!

Are you ready to spread your wings and head out into the world? Our experiences will transform your life with new countries, new cultures, families and friends! We don’t do tourist trips, you’ll live like a local and get a genuine taste for life in another country.

So, welcome to the one stop shop for student exchanges, overseas volunteer experiences (Go Kiwi Go), international students, (Study Your Way) teacher exchanges (Educational Advantage) and the Ministry of Education Language Immersion Awards (LIA).

AFS provides a wraparound service, before, during and after your experience. We also provide professional development with a Global Competence Certificate (GCC).

With no application fees, excellent pre-departure and return orientation, and a focus on intercultural learning, AFS provides life changing travel opportunities in a safe, supported environment.

AFS NZ Team!

Forget your comfort zone, become a global citizen with AFS

Whether you are in high school, at a university or jump-starting your career, AFS has the right program for you! Go to school, learn another language or check out our cultural internships and volunteer abroad opportunities. Host families and volunteers are waiting to help make your intercultural learning experience the best time of your life.

Explore a planet full of possibilities

“Discover a new culture, a new language. Make friends for life from all parts of the world. It’s a year in which you’ll grow up and get to know yourself—your limits and your capabilities. You’ll change completely in the best way possible.”


Giulia Andar, exchange student from Italy to Germany


AFS is committed to helping young people to go abroad regardless of their financial situation. That’s why AFS works with corporate and community sponsors and individual donors to help finance AFS programs through full and partial scholarships. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be offering scholarships valued at $1,000 for short exchanges departing late 2020 – enquire today!

Learn more about scholarships

Welcome a new family member

Host an AFSer

Expose your family to a world outside of their own by helping an international student achieve her global dreams. Explore a new culture and share your family life and traditions.

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Engaging with my community; meeting people from around the world

“Joining my local group of AFS volunteers gave me the opportunity to develop many skills, such as how to work in a team and interact with people from different backgrounds. As an AFS volunteer, I am more engaged in my community and I meet people from all over the world. Helping students, teachers and families embark on intercultural learning adventures makes me appreciate the importance of world peace and intercultural understanding.”

—Marcela Vazquez, AFS Argentina volunteer 

Volunteer with AFS