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Host Family & Community

Life in Egypt usually revolves around extended family, religious events and activities. You can be hosted throughout Egypt, most likely in urban and suburban areas of Alexandria, Cairo, El Fayoum, El Menya, Giza, Ismailia, Port Said and Tanta. If you’re in an urban area, expect to live in an apartment, while people in more rural areas usually live with extended family in a big house. Jokes are a common way to socialize, so join the fun. 

School

You will probably attend a regular Egyptian high school, although some students attend an international U.S. schools. The school year runs from September until May, with a two-week break in January. School week starts on Sunday and ends on Thursday. Most students wear uniforms. Some classes may be taught in English, others in Arabic, and you may choose some subjects, depending on the school.

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Language

The official language of Egypt is Arabic, with many regional dialects spoken all over the country. English is also commonly used and is taught in schools starting with first grade. Having a good knowledge of English will help you adjust and enjoy your program. AFS will also help you find a course in Arabic and your host school might have classes of Arabic as a second language.

Food

The Egyptian diet is typically rich in beans, bread, rice, vegetables and fruits. Lunch is the most significant meal of the day and is often followed by an afternoon rest. Falafel(fried bean balls), and koshary (a dish of rice and lentils) can be purchased from street vendors all over Egypt.

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.
TEEN PROGRAMS (UNDER 18 YEARS OLD)

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 you home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family through your learning journey abroad.

A. North America

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Canada

Home to over two million lakes and even more amazing people!

B. Europe

Turkey

Turkey

A culture that bridges continents

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Switzerland

Winding roads to the most amazing slopes...and chocolate!

sweden

Sweden

Connect with nature—all the way to the Artic Circle

Nezbudská Lúčka, Slovakia, Branislav Knappek

Slovakia

A beautiful setting at the geographic center of Europe

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Russia

Experience centuries of a unique rich heritage

Poland

Poland

History among cobblestone streets

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Italy

Creativity and innovation keeping history and tradition alive

Germany

Germany

Small villages out of fables and the future of urban living

Jyväskylä, Finland

Finland

A wonderland for those who love the outdoors

Austria

Austria

Europe's meeting place. Where ski tradition runs deep.

C. Latin America

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Peru

Magical peaks and historic cities

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Mexico

A giant of culture and liveliness

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Honduras

Natural rainforest, ancient ruins, treasures below the sea, it's all here!

Ecuador

Ecuador

Blessed with diverse geography of tropical coastal plain and luxuriant rainforests

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Costa Rica

The meeting point of nature and cultures of North and South America

Santa Marta, Colombia

Colombia

Where you can drink the world's best coffee and dance vallenato

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Chile

A country of surprising contrasts and extreme beauty

Brazil

Brazil

A country bursting with festivities!

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Bolivia

Geographically blessed by majestic mountains

D. Asia

Japan

Japan

Tradition, technology & transformation

India, AFS USA

India

Over a billion people, countless wonders

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China

Where thousands of years of tradition merge with the future

E. Africa

Egypt

Egypt

A journey to the cradle of civilization

F. Oceania