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Take a trip to the USA, the largest continent in the world and experience the sunny coast of California or winter wonderland in New York. California has some amazing beaches and famous theme parks such as Disneyland Anaheim, Universal Studios Hollywood or stroll down to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Or you may end up living in the Midwest or Seattle, home to grunge music and Microsoft. The USA is a diverse country, from hot deserts to freezing mountains. Home to baseball, cheer leaders and American football, your time in America will be dynamic and exciting.

Eligibility Requirements

You must be 16, 17 or 18
Enrolled in a NZ school
Getting ‘achieved’ or more in your school work

What's included in your experience

  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Re-entry Orientation

What you are responsible for

  • Airfare
  • Vaccinations
  • Stipend

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Kick-start your future with AFS and discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.

This programme begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations, other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations which will help you maximize your experience, cope with the challenges of navigating a new culture and community as well as gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding throughout your time abroad, and as you return to your home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family the whole way through.

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