Global Education Coalition NYC

The Global Education Coalition is a network of NYC-based organizations whose primary objective is to support educators in the New York metropolitan area in creating globally competent youth for tomorrow's future.

AFS Intercultural Programs USA

120 Wall Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10005

1.800.876.2376 FREE   

Organizational History/Mission

AFS Intercultural Programs has been a leader in international high school student exchange for more than 60 years and is part of a worldwide AFS network of over 50 partner countries. Formerly the American Field Service, AFS Intercultural Programs was founded during World Wars I & II by young Americans who volunteered as ambulance drivers. The founding belief was that building a more just and peaceful world begins when people from different countries and cultures meet, learn together, and better understand one another. In 1947, AFS exchanged 52 young people from 11 countries formerly at war, establishing a movement to promote understanding and peace through international student exchange.  AFS Intercultural Programs USA (AFS-USA) works towards a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.  Each year, AFS-USA sends approximately 1,400 participants abroad and welcomes 2,500 international high school students into the U.S., and is supported by a vast volunteer network of more than 6,000 members. 

Geographic Location for Services

National; International

Target Population

14-18 year olds; students in the 8th-12th grades in the U.S. and internationally

Formal/Informal Education

  • Inside schools; in the classroom and enrichment activities
    • Programs are aligned with the Common Core standards and 21st century educational skills

Educational Services

  •     ENGAGE: AFS-USA creates professional global learning content for educators, as well as develops partnerships with classes worldwide with the goal of promoting global interconnectedness and collaboration among students.  Please see the schools’ section of our website for more information:
  •     TEACH: AFS-USA provides global education through intercultural learning content (called Teacher Toolbox Learning Modules (, as well as physical and virtual exchange programs for American educators in several countries.
  •     SEND: AFS-USA fosters global competency amongst young people through experiential learning ( by providing physical and virtual exchange programs for American students in more than 80 countries.
  •     HOST: AFS-USA brings intercultural awareness into schools through hosting international students (

Direct inquiries are welcome.


Social Media:

Sarah Lorya, MA
School Relations Specialist


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