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AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.

National Network: 
Postfach 500142
22701 Hamburg
+49 40 399 222 0
+49 40 399 222 99
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Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
General Information: 

AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V. is an educational organization focusing on the intercultural understanding among peoples. It is a non-profit, volunteer-based and –led organization working in a world-wide network of like-minded organizations. Each year, AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V offers young Germans the opportunity to spend a year – or parts of it – abroad, living with a family and attending school. In addition, AFS offers long-term voluntary service programs for young people and Global Prep Summercamps, topic orientated and international camps all around the world. Likewise, AFS Germany hosts and supports young foreigners who come to discover our culture and establish long-lasting contacts and friendships with citizens living in Germany. Overall, AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V counts on the active participation of approx. 3.000 volunteers structured into 100 local committees across Germany. In the offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne and Stuttgart there are around 100 staff employed.

Mission and Objectives: 

AFS Statement of Purpose: AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization 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 and Attributes of AFS: AFS enables people to act as responsible, global citizens working for peace and understanding in a diverse world. It acknowledges that peace is a dynamic concept threatened by injustice, inequity and intolerance. AFS seeks to affirm faith in the dignity and worth of every human being and for 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.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Long & short term school exchange, voluntary services, Global Prep Summer Camps.