Welcome to our new look for AFS Greater Los Angeles!

AFS Greater Los Angeles is part of AFS-USA (afsusa.org) which is an international, non-profit organization that each year provides thousands of hdhdhdhdAmerican high school students the opportunity to live and study in a foreign land. Just as important, each year thousands of American families share their home by hosting a high school age student from another country around the world for a school year or semester. With tens of thousands of volunteers worldwide, AFS is the leading international exchange program in the world! (AFS Fact Sheet)

At AFS…here in the U.S. and around the world…we strongly believe in building bridges between people and other cultures, not in building walls between people or by instilling hatred towards others. We were not born to hate. We are taught to hate. The only way to get to know and understand our fellow human beings is to be willing to accept the differences of others and to be willing to communicate with them in a reasonable and non-combative way. 

Questions about AFS in the Greater Los Angeles area? Contact Us!

Host With AFS in the Greater Los Angeles Area

Interested in hosting an international high school student? Or, perhaps you know someone who is? Become a Global Family with AFS in the Greater Los Angles area. Open your home to the world and make a global connection: Host an AFS Exchange Student!

Each year, more than 2,300 exchange students from 90 countries come to the US on AFS programs to study in high schools and live with host families. By hosting an AFS Exchange Student in your home, you will start seeing the world differently.

You can see all available students in your area by visiting afsusa.org/host-family and entering your zip code.

We can also search for available students based on you and your family’s interests. Single adults are also welcome to host. Contact us at hosting@afsla.org for more information.

NOTE: AFS does not provide any monetary compensation to the host family nor to the school which the student attends.

FIGHTING POVERTY, ONE STUDENT AT A TIME

Dear Los Angeles Scholarship Friends and Supporters:

It is my pleasure to write you, updating you on our scholarship program and asking for your continued support in the upcoming year, our tenth. In the Summer of 2017, with your help, we had raised $500,000 and were able to send 100 students in poverty on life-changing experiences abroad. We do this—you, I, volunteers, schools and families–because we know it changes lives. Students who go abroad are more positively evaluated as college applicants, especially those who attend year programs. Studies show they are able to think outside the box and are able to handle unfamiliar environments –such as a college campus—with confidence.

Ask Leslie who went to Egypt on a summer experience. She said “I’m so glad I got to go, I made so many new friends and my host family and I got really close and they really want me to go back. AFS did such an amazing job with showing us Egypt’s coexistence and also showing us the culture in Egypt from an Egyptian’s perspective. We used our Arabic skills to talk to the local Egyptians and ask them for directions.”

In this past year, we sent 13 students on a year, semester or summer programs. They went to Japan, China, France, Italy and Egypt. Students went from Washington Preparatory High School in South Los Angeles, Marshall High School in Central Los Angeles, and Cortines High School in DTLA. All were students of color.

Can you help us send more students this year? Please click the link below this article to donate or mail a check made payable to AFS GLA to the address indicated at the end of this article.

Thank you for all you do! Have a wonderful holiday season!

Warmly,

Scholarships and Fundraising Coordinator
AFS Greater Los Angeles
(213) 703-8767
3871 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

FIGHTING POVERTY, ONE STUDENT AT A TIME

Dear Los Angeles Scholarship Friends and Supporters:

It is my pleasure to write you, updating you on our scholarship program and asking for your continued support in the upcoming year, our tenth. In the Summer of 2017, with your help, we had raised $500,000 and were able to send 100 students in poverty on life-changing experiences abroad. We do this—you, I, volunteers, schools and families–because we know it changes lives. Students who go abroad are more positively evaluated as college applicants, especially those who attend year programs. Studies show they are able to think outside the box and are able to handle unfamiliar environments –such as a college campus—with confidence.

Ask Leslie who went to Egypt on a summer experience. She said “I’m so glad I got to go, I made so many new friends and my host family and I got really close and they really want me to go back. AFS did such an amazing job with showing us Egypt’s coexistence and also showing us the culture in Egypt from an Egyptian’s perspective. We used our Arabic skills to talk to the local Egyptians and ask them for directions.”

In this past year, we sent 13 students on a year, semester or summer programs. They went to Japan, China, France, Italy and Egypt. Students went from Washington Preparatory High School in South Los Angeles, Marshall High School in Central Los Angeles, and Cortines High School in DTLA. All were students of color.

Can you help us send more students this year? Please click the link below this article to donate or mail a check made payable to AFS GLA to the address indicated at the end of this article.

Thank you for all you do! Have a wonderful holiday season!

Warmly,

Scholarships and Fundraising Coordinator
AFS Greater Los Angeles
(213) 703-8767
3871 Franklin Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

GLA's Own Hashir from Pakistan ('16-'17) Changing the World

Watch this inspiring video made of GLA’s hosted student Haishr from Pakistan (’16-’17) during his presentation as he reflects on his time in the U.S. while on his YES scholarship, sharing his experience with the prejudice that Muslims face and how he dealt with it. He shares the positive outcomes of his actions to convey to his audience an important lesson: In order to change the world, you must first change yourself. Our Area Team is so proud of him!

See the World from a New Perspective. Be an AFS Exchange Student!

Study abroad for a year, semester, summer or two weeks. Where would you like to go? Go here to explore the opportunities.

Explore the World with AFS

The YES Abroad Experience

Make The World A Better Place! Host An AFS Exchange Student!​

Host a high school exchange student in the Los Angeles area a semester or full school year. Go here then enter your zip code (down the page) to see available students! “Seeds for Peace!

Open Your Home to an AFS Exchange Student!​

Ella from Indonesia ('10-'11)'s Wonderful Year in L.A.​

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