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Be a global citizen with AFS! Your chance to experience the world and make a difference
What is AFS?- Nonprofit, Intercultural Exchange Organization- 60+ years of experience- Began as the American Field ServiceMission:Spreading world peace, one person at a time
Notable ReturneesJan Eliasson - 1957 Year Program, Sweden-to-U.S.Changing the World: UN Secretary Generals Special Envoy on theDarfurs CrisisAndrea Jung - Year Program, U.S. to NorwayChanging the World: CEO of Avon ProductsKenneth Juster - 1971 Year Program, U.S.-to-ThailandChanging the World: Executive Vice President of Law, Policy, andCorporate Strategy at Salesforce.comDavid Madden - 1998 Semester Program, U.S.-to-AustriaChanging the World: 19-time Jeopardy! winner, the 2nd-longestwinning contestant on the show, and founder and Executive Directorof The National History Bee and Bowl
True or False?In Iceland, husbands and wives,and their children have different last names?
TRUE, in Iceland a person’s last name consists of the father’s first name plus “son or dottir.” Hjoris Thorkelsdottir would be a female whose father’s name was Thorkel, and Hlanur Sigurdson would be son of Sigurd.
What is the official language of Ghana?Is it: Shona, Matabele, English, or Xhosa.
English, Ghana was an English Colony called the Gold Coast
In what country would you find yourself if you could cross a bridge and go from Europe to Asia and back?
Our world is becoming increasingly global. Don’t be left behind
If the world was a classroom of 30 students, there would be …17 Asians (57%)6 Europeans (20%)3 Africans (9%)3 Lat Americans(9%)2 US-Americans (5%)10 Christianity(33%)6 no religious affiliation(20%)5 Islam (17%)4 Hinduism (13%)3 Other(10%)2 Buddhism (7%)1 Indigenous religion(3%)2 would control half the income15 would be hungry18 would live in shanty towns6 of 22 adults (23%) would be illiterate (the remaining 8 are children)
The Cultural Iceberg Music Greetings * Languages Amount of eye contact Concept of self Notions of Modesty Family relationships Relationship with Animals Concepts of justice and truth Need for rules and regulations Importance of education & achievement Preference for competition or cooperation Roles in relation to status by age, gender, class, occupation Image altered from www.ankn.uaf.edu
Benefits of an AFS Experience:• Be part of an international alumni network of high achievers, mayof whom have achieved great success• Develop an edge, stand out from the rest because of taking theinitiative to study abroad• Feel more comfortable stepping out of your comfort zone• Develop effective intercultural communications, highly desired inthe workplace today• Learn how to adapt and manage change more easily• Language proficiency
Why AFS?• Impeccable record of safety• Network of 30,000+ volunteers supportingstudents worldwide• Highly developed program and risk managementsystems• Emergency support• Professional staff• 62 years - first high school foreign exchangeprogram
Many scholarships available Global Leaders NSLI (National Security Language Initiative) Congress Bundestag Country Specific See www.afsusa.org
• Financial Aid - 40% of AFS students receive financial aid• Fundraising - so many different ways! - fundraising wiki
TOP REASONSto consider an intercultural experience with AFS ---hosting OR going abroad
#4Immersion is the number one way to learn a language
What kind of student does AFS look for?• Flexible• Self confident, willing to take initiative• Willingness and ability to learn in a variety of educational settings - school, family, community• Not easily discouraged• Show curiosity about the world and respect for others• Are able to demonstrate initiative and advocacy• Are not quick to judge others• Sense of humor• Willing to compromise• Capacity to build relationships• Cooperative
The Process - Studying Abroad www.afsusa.org to apply - $75 pre-app fee Email you a log-in and password to the online fullapplication $900 deposit In home interview required
US Dept of Agriculture Study:$13,480 ($37/day) Average cost of raising a teen inthe US for one year.$13,000 ($36/day) Tuition price for year programto Japan. (the most expensive program)Most AFS Programs range from $ 6K - $12K($2,300 for Panama 2 week)
The Process - Hosting www.afsusa.org - click on “hosting” Complete online hosting inquiry Will be sent a link for required background check Local volunteer will conduct in home interview Given short bios of a variety of students If interested in a student - will request full application for you toreview Student is temporarily taken out of the pool so no one elserequests
Deadlines for Full applications October 1st for year/semester Spring Programs March 15th for year/semester Fall Programs April 15th for short summer programs
AFS Tuition Includes:Professional guidance and support throughout the application process,while you are preparing to depart, and during your program.Placement with a carefully selected volunteer host family who willprovide you room, board, and guidance. Your host family will also arrange a wayfor you to get to and from your school or community service project each day.Placement with a host school or community service organization. Forprograms that don’t include school, refer to the program description for othercovered activities.Round-trip international travel with your AFS Group between theinternational departure city in the United States (the ‘International Gateway’) andyour host country.
Orientations prior to departure and after your arrival, includingroom and board during multi-day orientations that occur throughout theprogram. This may be anywhere between a few nights to a few weeks stay ormore, depending on the program.Comprehensive secondary medical insurance. AFS also offersparticipants and their families an optional travel benefits package,administered through a third party.Visa information and application assistance.Access to a support network that includes AFS Professional Staff in theU.S. and your host country, plus thousands of trained volunteers worldwide.24-hour emergency assistance.
IMPORTANT SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINESCongress Bundestag - Germany - Deadline December 19,2010 - 50 Full ride scholarships to students in Northeast USInfo: http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/YES - 50 full scholarships are available through YES Abroadfor American high school students to study for up to one yearin countries with significant Muslim populations: Egypt, Ghana,India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Thailandand Turkey Deadline Jan. 12, 2011Global Leaders Scholarship: Partial needs-based aid;available for all programs. Find out within one week ofapplying
For Students Planning AheadVaya a America Latina Scholarship - already passed forthis year; deadline is usually early Sept. For Costa Rica,Chile, Argentina leaving in spring. 50% tuitionJapan Scholarships Deadline early Sept 2011 - 2 Fullscholarships available; year program leaving in SpringNSLI-Y - 600 fully funded scholarships to high schoolstudents to learn Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Farsi,Russian, and Turkish. Deadline early Nov 2011. Info:www.nsliforyouth.org