At this extraordinary time, when our borders are closed and students are not able to embark on an overseas exchange, AFS remains dedicated to our mission of intercultural education.

We are in the process of developing a series of exciting and enriching intercultural experiences based right here in Aotearoa. They are open to all domestic and international students aged 15 – 18 years.

These short-term school holiday programmes are designed to empower our future changemakers by gaining valuable leadership skills, building on global competency and broadening their perspective of the world and their place in it – all essential skills and experience required to navigate today’s diverse and interconnected world.


Wellington - 28 Sep - 2 Oct 2020

Te Ao Māori Programme

Join us in Pōneke for a journey of discovery, exploring iwi history in Te Whanganuia-Tara (Wellington Harbour) and engaging with different aspects of Māoritanga (Māori culture).

This 5-day course is packed with education and exploration of the Wellington region. From engaging with Ātiawa iwi for a waka tour of Te Whanganui-a-Tara to visiting and creating environmental connections with Kāpiti and Wairarapa, this programme incorporates both the spiritual and the physical as we develop an understanding of Te Ao in Pōneke.
Along the way you will gain a cultural perspective of this unique country, develop valuable intercultural leadership skills and uncover new things about yourself and your place in the world.

Find out more here

To apply contact [email protected]


Pōneke Wellington October 5 - 7 2020

Youth Sustainability Programme

Intermediate aged? Interested in Environmental Studies? Want to make a difference?

Then take your passion for the natural world to the next level and join us for a 3 day holiday programme here in Pōneke Wellington exploring sustainability in action. Learn first hand about how and why environmental problems arise and gain insight into local initiatives as well as the practical steps you can take to protect the future of Aotearoa’s precious natural resources.

This three day programme will open your mind to new possibilities, inspire you to take on new challenges and give you a fresh perspective about the world around you – and your place in it.

The programme cost is $300 per student, which includes daily pick up & drop off (from home or other convenient location), lunches and all activities.

Find out more here

To apply contact [email protected]