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Creating Global Citizens: The AFS Effect
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
New York | 2019 | 19 p.
Corporate author: 
AFS Intercultural Programs

The AFS global community has countless testimonials of how our alumni, students, volunteers, families, and others are making a positive change in their communities. These stories are a true inspiration and a testament to the important impact our organization is creating worldwide. Our hope is that our exchange students become changemakers through their study abroad experience with significant contributions to the global corporate and non-profit sectors, while benefiting from the intercultural learnings and meaningful connections long after they return home. All AFS participants are active global citizens in the making, representing their countries as cultural ambassadors, each helping drive the AFS mission forward - the mission of building a more just and peaceful world.
While the impact of AFS and studying abroad in general have been examined in the past through various research projects, this report is the first large-scale, global survey of the AFS alumni community based on responses from over 10,500 former AFS participants. It aims to explore the effect an AFS experience can have on the lives and careers of our alumni while investigating the impact of secondary school mobility globally. The study also includes real-life examples from our former participants of changes alumni can bring to their local communities thereby furthering the AFS mission worldwide. The results of this global survey demonstrate that AFS alumni are making an impact across industries, working on social causes, and contributing to their home and host countries alike. That is what we call the #AFSEffect.


Resource Type: 
Case studies and research papers
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Cultural literacy / Intercultural / Cross-cultural / Multi-cultural
International understanding / Globalisation / International education / Interdependency
Level of education: 
Secondary education


Cutural diversity; Intercultural education; Secondary school; Global survey