AFS Hong Kong

AFS Hong Kong Office was set up in 1982 to provide local youth with complete and in-depth international cultural exchange opportunities, and to promote exchanges and learning regarding language, academic study, daily life and culture, to enhance their quality as global citizens The major targets for AFS overseas exchange programs are local secondary school students aged 15 to 18, and those selected will participate in a 10-month or short-term overseas exchange program.

Educate and activate global citizens

AFS prepares and activates future leaders, global citizens and changemakers with essential 21stcentury intercultural skills to engage, lead and collaborate effectively in different cultural settings. Our international exchange, study abroad and volunteer programs are supported by research-based intercultural learning journeys facilitated by trained AFS volunteers and staff.

AFS Exchange Programs 

AFS Hong Kong offers year exchange programs and summer exchange programs.

Host Family Programs 

Hosting an AFS student is a rewarding and meaningful intercultural learning adventure for the entire family—sharing cultures, traditions and gaining new perspectives.

Volunteer Opportunities 

AFS local volunteers are the driving force of AFS programs and active at all levels—supporting students and families through their AFS intercultural journeys, participating in governance and policy development and leading social impact projects with local schools and communities.

What we believe in

By linking our “learning to live together” philosophy to the defining global issues facing humanity, AFS fosters intercultural understanding as a powerful and productive tool for building a more just and peaceful world. The AFS global community embraces differences and believes our world is stronger and more interesting because of them.

AFS Mission 

AFS Intercultural Programs is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.

AFS Values 

AFS enables people to act as responsible global citizens working for peace and understanding in a diverse world. It acknowledge that peace is a dynamic concept threatened by injustice, inequity, and intolerance.

AFS seeks to affirm faith in the dignity and worth of every human being and of all nations and cultures. It encourages respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or social status.

AFS activities are based on our core values of dignity, respect for differences, harmony, sensitivity and tolerance.

How we make a difference

Living, studying and volunteering across borders and in multicultural communities transforms lives, prepares global citizens and empowers changemakers. That’s what we call “The AFSEffect!” Our global community is:
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Transformative: At different stages on amazing intercultural journeys—living, volunteering, working and collaborating with people around the world.

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Multigenerational: A global community of students, young adults, volunteers, families, educators, alumni, and staff engaged and energized working together.

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Inclusive: A welcoming, supportive network of confident, open-minded AFSers building bridges across cultures.

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Everywhere: Making a difference in communities, across industries and at the forefront of important international issues and social causes.  

AFS Alumni

With the goal of uniting and engaging with all AFS returnees as well as host families and other volunteers and supporters in Hong Kong, the AFS Hong Kong Alumni Committee was established in January 2015.  The Committee comprises returnees representing diverse AFS cohorts.

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