After careful consideration, AFS made the very difficult but necessary decision to shorten our programs, and repatriate our participants wherever it is possible to do so. We truly believe it is in the best interest of our participants to be with their families during these uncertain times.

The entire network is working around the clock to arrange travel for our participants as carefully and thoughtfully as possible. Any participant for whom it is not feasible to travel will stay in their host country with full AFS program support and services until it becomes possible for them to leave.


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AFS is one of the largest and most enduring not-for-profit international exchange organizations, with a mission to provide intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

To help AFS protect decades of knowledge from our committed volunteers, host families and staff, and to allow AFS to continue empowering the next generation of active Global Citizens, please consider contributing to the AFS COVID-19 Response Fund.


Frequently Asked Questions

AFS ended its 2020 exchange programs early because we strongly believe it is in the best interest of our participants to be back with their families in their home countries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The current trajectory of the pandemic makes it difficult to predict how the situation will evolve.  Increasingly and at a rapid pace, governments are moving to close borders and implement measures to quarantine. Many countries have suspended schools, closed borders, and enforced strict quarantine measures.

In light of this, we made the difficult decision to end programs and implement a coordinated global plan to bring home participants where possible and safe. We are working individually with each participant and family to arrange for what is best for them in the current circumstances. AFS will continue to provide all program support and services to those participants that must remain under the care of the host family for the time being.

We are committed to returning students in the safest way possible. Return travel plans will take into consideration official information from reliable sources, like the World Health Organization and national governments, as well as the urgency and safety of moving our participants.