With more than 70 years of experience in delivering effective
intercultural learning programmes, AFS is committed to supporting
schools and educators to promote global competence in education
The following resources for educators provide practical and
effective ways to promote global competence in the classroom.


School Readiness Index

The AFS Global Competence Readiness Index for Schools and Institutions is a self-assessment tool that helps schools of any kind identify their position in terms of fostering global competence and supporting educators to further develop teaching practices that create global competence.

The index examines 12 elements that promote global competence and will help you reflect on how your institution complies with these. Once you complete the questionnaire, you will receive the preparation profile of your institution, as well as specific recommendations and resources to identify new opportunities in your own classroom teaching practices and throughout the school to improve your students’ global competence.

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Lesson Plans


Be inspired by this series of webinars dedicated to Global Competence with experts from around the world.

by Julia Taleisnik, AFS Argentina and Elisa Briga, European Federation for Intercultural Learning
What is intercultural competence and how can teachers develop interculturally competent citizens prepared to make an impact in the world? Given its importance for societies, education systems (including Programme for International Student Assessment, PISA) and personal and professional development, this webinar will explore different ways in which educators can implement intercultural competence development into the classroom, the benefits of doing so, and the important role educators have in the process. Take-aways include best-practice sharing and access to toolkits and lesson plans for educators to use in the classroom.

Deeper Insights to Better Understand the Arab, Muslim World, by Sherifa Fayez, AFS Egypt
Who are the real Arabs? What else is out there besides the wealth, violence and “incomprehensible” Islam? This webinar aims at lifting the veil of the pervasive reductionist perspectives on the Middle East. It will give you useful insights to better support students going to and coming from the Middle East and it will hopefully encourage you to learn more on your own.

The Missing Piece – Supporting Host Families of Study Abroad Participants by Marcela Lapertosa, AFS Intercultural Programs and Carla Rey Vasquez, AFS New Zealand

The role host families play in study abroad programs and learning outcomes they gain from the experience are largely unexplored. In this webinar we will explore what research shows about the part host families play in international education and look into best practices to make sure we double up impact when helping people develop intercultural competence. Based on AFS Intercultural Programs Host Family Intercultural Learning Journey, we will share practical approaches and activities to be used before, during and after the intercultural experience.

Global Competence Certificate

Designed to support learners participating in an international experience, our Global Competence Certificate builds their global competence; the knowledge, skills, and understanding we believe are needed to create a more just and peaceful world. The content, now available in 7 languages, is designed to meet key educational goals that help learners develop intercultural competence and deal with cultural adjustment. These goals are organized in four common areas:

  • Self-awareness
  • Awareness about others
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Bridges across difference
Click here to find out more about the Global Competence Certificate


AFS offers a range of interactive workshops for teachers, staff, volunteers, students and host families aiming at helping them develop intercultural communication skills to be able to navigate a diverse world.

Click here to find out more about workshops

Good Reads


Becoming Globally Competent is a Journey of Growth

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Developing Global Competence Requires Patience and Openness

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Taking Education to a Global Scale Can’t be Left to Chance

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AFS Perspectives: Helping the world learn to live together

Written by AFS experts from around the world, this blog champions diverse perspectives about culture and education, inspiring readers to become intercultural leaders of their communities.

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Connect: Intercultural Insights for Global Citizens

This digital magazine explores intercultural and global citizenship education, voluntarism and social impact, through articles, interviews, and learning tools created by respected thought leaders and experts.

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Intercultural Learning (ICL) for AFS & Friends

Series of insightful and concise essays on key intercultural concepts based on research and practical experiences. The series is produced by AFS education experts for anyone studying about or working with intercultural topics.

Access the series