The AFS Academies are highly focused short-term, theme-based programs for under 18s designed to empower you to change your world, engage in hands-on activities, and learn skills vital to becoming a global citizen of tomorrow.

At AFS we have carefully considered the issues of importance to young people today and designed programs tailor-made to ensure an in depth educational experience that can fit into your vacations! The AFS Academies provide the perfect opportunity to explore 4 critical themes; Human Rights, STEM, Culture and Language and Sustainability.

4 Academies focuses in 11 destinations

human rights

Human Rights

explore human rights issues such as racism, gender quality, unemployment, LGBTQ+ rights and more



for the budding scientists amongst us with options around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

culture and language

Culture and Language

for the young explorers looking to become global communicators, make new friends and experience new cultures



programs revolving around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals from climate change to conservation


Short Programs

Discover how climate change and wildlife conservation is done in Kenya while you learn about the culture and engage in community service. You will take a climate change tour from Nairobi, Kitengela, Naivasha, Narok and the world famous Maasai Mara. See one of the wonders of the world – the wildebeest migration! Discover how the local community and organizations work on wildlife conservation and climate change. Explore the world’s only  national park where wild lions, rhinos and other beasts roam free against the urban backdrop of skyscrapers rising from the nearby bustling city center. Stay with Maasai families; engage in community service in a children home care center.

Frequently Asked Questions

The AFS Academies are short-term, theme-based programs for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18, designed to engage students with hands-on activities, learn skills vital to becoming a global citizen, and empower you to change your world.


Why choose AFS for your short program?

AFS has a proud history of over 100 years contributing to a mission founded on the ideals of volunteerism and intercultural understanding. As an exchange organization, AFS has over 70 years experience running programs for high school students and young adults. With over 12,000 participants per year and an alumni of over 500,000 you can rest assured the programs are tried and tested!

All our programs provide extensive intercultural learning opportunities actively guiding your students to increase their Global Competence. Development of this “power skill” is critical for access to 21st century employment and ongoing education. Our portfolio includes themed opportunities in our four focusses around the world.

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