e. g. one year abroad during the apprenticeship
You spend a year in another country, attend the local school and live with a family. You live in the country like a native. What was previously abroad will become your second home for a year. An experience no one can take away from you.
Your host family
It is carefully selected by AFS. The host parents do not receive any money, their only motive is the interest in living with someone like you from another culture. Your host family accepts you as a new member of the family. Frequently friendships for life develop.
Your host school
It goes without saying that regular attendance of a secondary school in the host country is a compulsory part of our programs. In addition to school material and language, it is the classmates who are most important – new friends are the key to your exchange experience.
Your contact persons
In addition to the AFS office in Switzerland and your host country, you will be assisted by a local counselor.
You are in an apprenticeship, between 15 and 18 years old, open and curious about the way of life and culture of your host country. You are looking forward to attending school abroad and integrating with your host family. With the exception of individual destinations, language skills are not required.
An exchange year is both fun and work. Learning a foreign language and finding your way around in a foreign culture requires a lot of flexibility and energy from you. A commitment that pays off – you will not only get to know a new world and make friends, but you will also gain new open-mindedness, independence and perspectives for yourself.