Why AFSNext

AFSNext experiences are made possible through a network of like-minded organizations.

AFS-USA is a member of the Sentio network, 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 Sentio Network was created in 2014 as a subsidiary of AFS Intercultural Programs to develop a global network of thoroughly vetted, high quality, like-minded organizations to further promote the AFS mission and provide intercultural learning opportunities for adults.

Members of the Sentio Network are uniquely aligned by a core set of values that help us to deliver programs and educational opportunities that adhere to a strict code of program and organizational quality.


Added benefits for you.

When you participate in an AFSNext program, you’ll enjoy the benefits that come from the combined knowledge, experience, and resources of a variety of organizations that are committed to a common mission.

Our cooperating organizations are rigorously vetted to ensure the highest standards in programming and support, so you can expect the same quality you’ve come to recognize as a hallmark of AFS youth programs.

Your AFSNext enrollment comes with a variety of added benefits, including secondary insurance coverage and Global Competence Certification.
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Global competence is becoming a key skillset for employees of global companies and organizations. The AFSNext Global Competence Certificate (GCC) was developed through a partnership between AFS and the Sentio Network, a consortium of organizations dedicated to quality intercultural learning experiences and global competence training. This certificate, provided to all AFSNext participants, will serve as a measurement and validation of your knowledge in this important field.

The AFSNext certification course launches a deeper exploration of intercultural learning through an experiential learning approach. While abroad, it will help you get the most from your experience. When you return, you’ll be able to include your achievement on your resume or applications.


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Before you take off

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While you’re abroad

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When you return

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Learn through a variety of methods to increase the overall impact

Each module includes a video with forums and assignments. Some can be done on your own; others involve virtual or face-to-face interactions.


Gain skills for personal, educational and career-oriented endeavors

By the end of your journey, you’ll have acquired the skills necessary for your personal and professional development:
Emotional intelligence
Awareness about others
Bridges to others