AFS Intercultural Programs is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

What makes AFS unique?
AFS provides a wrap around service and applications are open 365 days a year. The earlier you apply, the more likely it is we can confirm your country of choice. All AFS exchange students complete a comprehensive orientation programme. AFS has an extensive networks of people on the ground in every host country. They help students settle into the new country, and deal with any issues that might arise.
The AFS international office has plans in place to assist you in the unlikely event of a major international emergency.

So, why go with AFS? Please click here to find out more.


Why go with AFS?

AFS NZ is the premier provider of exchanges in NZ and with 70 years experience and extensive networks and support before, during and after, AFS is your first choice for exchanges and we’re committed to increasing intercultural awareness.

We provide 24-hour support for all AFS students and families, with proven risk management and emergency procedures. We know these are of paramount importance when operating in the student exchange market.

There are no application fees – just apply. AFS NZ guarantees that the price quoted at the time your exchange is confirmed won’t change. Other student exchange providers often increase participation fees in response to exchange rates or other changes.

AFS guarantees you’ll be accepted to the country of your choice, as long as you meet the AFS application guidelines and there are places available in that country.

As part of the preparations, exchange students use a closed FB page, and webinars to complete activities and online engagement in the months leading up to departure. Students also get to connect with other students leaving at the same time.

Orientation services and webinars are led by internationally trained AFS facilitators, and are designed to help students gain the most from their AFS exchange. It’s also an excellent opportunity for the students to meet other AFSers face to face.

Intercultural learning is at the heart of the education of exchange students, and AFS has a body of educational knowledge for students to tap into.

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 Tungia Baker (actress). More than 10,000 AFS students have also been hosted in New Zealand since 1947.

Globally AFS is the only student exchange organisation to have received a special citation from the United Nations for services to the youth of the world! So we know our stuff.

Globally more than 12,000 AFS participants study abroad each year. Over 300,000 students have participated in AFS exchanges and AFS utilises a network of more than 30,000 volunteers worldwide. We’re everywhere!

AFS is a not-for-profit, volunteer based organisation with a vision of creating a more just and peaceful world through intercultural understanding. Our mission is ‘peace through friendship and cultural understanding’. We do not operate to obtain commercial gain from students.

Questions? Just email AFS [email protected] or call 0800 600 300. 🙂

About AFS

Educate and activate global citizens

AFS prepares and activates future leaders, global citizens and changemakers with essential 21stcentury intercultural skills to engage, lead and collaborate effectively in different cultural settings. Our international exchange, study abroad and volunteer programs are supported by research-based intercultural learning journeys facilitated by trained AFS volunteers and staff.

AFS Exchange and Study Abroad Programs 

From High School Study Abroad, Language Learning, Volunteer Abroad, Gap Year Opportunities, Adult Study Abroad, Internships Abroad, Teacher Exchanges and Summer/ Short-term Study Abroad we are a pioneer on Intercultural Education.

Host Family Programs 

Hosting an AFS student is a rewarding and meaningful intercultural learning adventure for the entire family—sharing cultures, traditions and gaining new perspectives.

Volunteer Opportunities 

AFS local volunteers are the driving force of AFS programs and active at all levels—supporting students and families through their AFS intercultural journeys, participating in governance and policy development and leading social impact projects with local schools and communities.

Intercultural Learning and Global Citizenship Education 

We help people of all ages and backgrounds develop leadership, problem-solving, language and intercultural skills needed to succeed in a global economy and make a positive difference in the world.

About the Fletcher's Scholarship

The Fletcher Building Employee Educational Fund is providing scholarships to the children of Fletcher Building employees who are taking up the challenge of living and studying abroad on an AFS exchange. Scholarships of varying amounts are available depending on the length of the AFS programme chosen. Employee Educational Fund scholarships will always only be a contribution towards total costs of any exchange programme requiring the student to fund the remaining costs. The maximum scholarship available from the Employee Educational Fund is 50% of total programme costs.

For more information about the Fletcher Building Employee Educational Fund please visit the Fletcher Building Employee Educational website.

Who is eligible?
Any child of a Fletcher Building employee based in New Zealand who is attending secondary school at the time of application and who has been successfully selected by AFS.

How to apply
Be confirmed on a ten month AFS exchange
Complete the scholarship application form
Write an essay about why you are the most deserving candidate for this scholarship

To find out more just email AFS [email protected] or call 0800 600 300.

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