This little Balkan country empowers a unique mix of central European and Mediterranean cultures, beautiful coastline, and charming cities. If you’re a nature lover, this is the perfect place to explore amazing beaches and national parks together with your host family.

Teenagers in Croatia will enjoy spending time with you after school, and hanging out at the mall, in cafes, having picnics, and going out dancing. Don’t forget to check out some of the local street festivals and live theater shows in the springtime. Top sports: soccer, basketball and water polo.

Host Family & Community

Your host family can live anywhere from the rural area of Slavonija, to cities like Zagreb, or the coastal regions. No matter where you live, your family will expect you to behave responsibly and maturely: Help with household chores, use public transportation to get to school, and help prepare meals.


Many schools work in two shifts, so half the students go to school in the morning (8 am to 2 pm) and the other half go in the afternoon (2 pm to 8 pm). There are usually six or seven periods per day and schools typically offer additional activities like theater, choir, and sports.


The official language is Croatian, and other languages you can hear here include Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Serbian and Slovakian. For exchange students, having a basic knowledge of English will be helpful. AFS will organize language courses in the first few months and provide you with CDs and books to learn the language on your own.


Food in Croatia varies by region, from seafood to meat-based cuisine. A cheese pastry called strukli is very popular and famous inland, and bread is usually eaten with every meal. Even though Croatians tend to eat a lot of meat, they also enjoy fresh vegetables from local markets. The most important meal of the day is lunch, which you’ll eat around 2 pm – on weekends, this will be the key family time.

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Go abroad with AFS to discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.
Year Exchange PROGRAM

Program Date: August/September, 2020 – June/July, 2021
Birth Date Range: To be Confirmed

Our learning program will prepare you for an amazing AFS intercultural experience. The program begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations and other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations will help you maximize your experience, cope the challenges of navigating a new culture and community and gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding, throughout your time abroad, and as you return to your home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family through your learning journey abroad.

Program dates may vary and are meant to help with general scheduling only.
All programs, prices, and travel dates are subject to change without notice.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and programs are filled first-come, first-serve.

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