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3.6 / 10 after 48 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
Program website: http://www.afsusa.org

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First off, AFS USA did an amazing job on distributing paper work and talking to students about what to expect. The preparation was great and everything was well organized. I went to Ghana in the summer of 2011. AFS Ghana was also well organized and provided us transportation, welcomed us with food and preformances, and were reliable. The volunteers were cool people, the younger ones like to party. Ghanaians are extremely friendly people and AFS USA did a great job of matching me with the perfect family. NOTE: Africans are very religious people. But even with this they did not force religion on me and allowed me to stay at home on Sundays. I had several host brothers so I was never really bored. They did not let me life a finger though. I was served all my meals, they washed my clothes, they gave me my own room, and they referred to me as Sister Ama. Overall very nice respectable people with good morals and high goals. When people think Africa, they think people live in little huts with no running water. However, the 15 other Americans and I were all placed in good homes. They were not little huts, they had running water and toilets. My home actually had 8 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. No problems with host family, country, or AFS in general.

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Posted: February 19, 2012
Overall:
9
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9
By: MelyMelzz
Age:
18

I am from Canada and I did a semester abroad with AFS Canada to Czech Republic. AFS Canada was a nightmare to deal with, they promise you that they will help with the tons of paper work then once you pay they do NOTHING to help you.
AFS Czech Republic is possibly even worse. First of all the staff is stuck up and rude, they promise you things and dont give them, tell you to keep your recipits for things like transportation to school, then once you give your recipits to them to get your money back you have to fight with them to actually get your money, after a month of chasing them to get your money you feel like just saying keep the money its not worth it. And the worst part is if you dont have a good host family (in my case I was lucky, I had a good host family, but many other students did not) you have to find your new host family by yourself. How do they expect you to do that in a new country by yourself? When your first talking to AFS in your home country they assure you that if you dont like your host family then they will find you a new one. Its all lies, this whole organization is bullshit. Dont believe a word they say, save your money and go with Rotary.
Sincerely, Zachary Gordon.

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Posted: January 25, 2012
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Did a year abroad in Brazil, AFS USA is polite, well organized, and does a good job keeping their students safe, AFS Brazil, on the other hand, is a complete disaster.

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Posted: November 28, 2011
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1
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By: eakomoda
Age:
17

I very much like AFS program in Iowa, US. It was a great experience. The staff were very professional and the orientation was great. I got to meet students from different parts of the world. My experience with hostfamily was great in general. There were problems, but just consider how different it was to live in a country you've never been before and stay with a family you've never met. It was hard, but both my hostfamily and my local AFS liaison tried to overcome the problems. I especially loved my high school. All the teachers there were great and they loved to talk to an exchange students, so were the students. I still have connections with a lot of my American friends, and other AFS friends around the world. I DID see some students having problems with hostfamily and something else, and one of them was my friend. She ended up going back home early...I was really sad. But it's a special case though....we had maybe 50 students(I'm not sure the exact number as I did not meet all of the students in my area), and she was the only one. All the students who stayed were happy I promise. We used to complain a lot when we got together during some orientations, cultural shock, host family issues...etc. but now it's been a year since I went back to my home country. And I look back to the experience, it really changed my life in a more positive way. I could have been more mature to solve some problems I had that year, and have a greater year. But there is NO WAY to blame AFS for my personal issues. I would recommend AFS to anyone who wants to go to the United States, and Germany (my friend had a great year, too) But for other locations, I have no right to comment.

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Posted: January 26, 2011
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9
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10
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9
By: CiTreofa
Age:
New User

We were asked to host a student from China for a year of high school. Host families, beware -- it is very common for students coming to China to come for one reason -- to get admitted to a U.S. college. Little or no interest in their host family, any cultural exchange, or any reciprocity. supposedly, this is not the purpose but it happens all the time. Be careful that you won't be "used" by a student for room, board, food, and transportation, with their having little or no interest in you or your family.

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Posted: December 3, 2010
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5
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By: dothanmom
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