AFS NZ is the premier provider of exchanges in New Zealand, and with over 70 years of experience and extensive networks and support before, during and after your exchange, AFS is your first choice for study abroad and intercultural education.
We provide 24-hour support for all AFS students and families, with proven risk management and emergency procedures. With over 50,000 volunteers worldwide, there is always help at hand should you need us – anywhere you go! 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.
As part of the preparations, exchange students complete activities and online engagement in the months leading up to departure. Students can connect with other students leaving at the same time.
Orientations 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 utilizes a network of more than 50,000 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.
We are experts in Global Competence, which is so important in today’s world – click here to read more.
Questions? To find out more just email AFS [email protected] or call 0800 600 300.