AFS Intercultural Programs Tunisia offers young people around the world the opportunity to discover the fascinating culture of Tunisia. Through our various programs, we are able to accommodate the needs and interests of anyone interested to learn about the Tunisian culture, learn Arabic. We offer our Year Program (11 months) for high school students to study in a Tunisian high school for one year. Our Language Program offers 4 weeks of intensive Arabic. Our Community Service Program offers young adults the opportunity to volunteer in our local communities. Our archaeological camps offer a fantastic opportunity for young peoples to work on the most prestigious archaeological site in Tunisia. We has short-term exchanges for educators and volunteers. All this takes place, while living with Tunisian host families and enjoying the many activities our local volunteers organize.
AFS in Tunisia
AFS programs were launched in Tunisia in 1968 when Tunisian students went to the United States. Four years later, Tunisia started hosting foreign exchange students on summer programs and, from 1977 on, year programs.
These programs continued and substantially expanded until 1989. During this period, more than 350 foreign exchange students from 10 countries were hosted in Tunisia.
Throughout the 1990s, AFS Tunisia operated international archaeology work camp programs along with study tour programs. In addition, the organization sustained its family hosting experience by arranging short-term placements for both university students and professors, mainly from the US. These programs have given AFS Tunisia a strong recognition from the Ministry of Culture and Youth and from the Ministry of Education and Training. Importantly, they helped sustain the â€œAFS spiritâ€ in Tunisia.
AFS will be at your side throughout your intercultural exchange. Even before leaving your home country, you will participate in organized AFS orientations and have the assistance of experienced AFS volunteers. Once in your host country, you can rely on your local volunteer contact and other chapter volunteers to support you in your experience. Together we will ensure that you have an incredible experience abroad.
AFS Statement of Purpose
AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organisation that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world.
The Core Values & Attributes of AFS
AFS enables people to act as responsible global citizens working for peace and understanding in a diverse world.
AFS seeks to affirm faith in the dignity and worth of every human being and of all nations and cultures. It encourages respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms without distinction as to race, sex, language, religion or social status.
AFS activities are based on our core values of dignity, respect for differences, harmony, sensitivity and tolerance.
How AFS Began
During World War I & II, young Americans served overseas as volunteer ambulance drivers in the American Field Service, evacuating the wounded from the battlefields and helping to liberate concentration camp survivors. When they returned home, they founded a movement to promote peace through international student exchange, known today as AFS Intercultural Programs. They knew what we also know: Today's students are tomorrow's leaders.