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About the program

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has awarded a grant to AFS Intercultural Programs to launch the Global Citizen Scholarship Program for High School Students from Greece. The scholarship program will provide 50+ Greek youth with year, semester, and trimester-long scholarships to participate in an exchange program abroad.

The program will provide students with the opportunity and support to develop the global competence needed to collaborate and communicate across cultures and create personal ties between people in other countries and Greece, both widening the perspective of Greek youth and enabling citizens around the world to get to know Greek culture in a positive and personal way.

Research shows that the exchange programs that AFS has developed lead to measurable and significant improvements in intercultural competence and influence outlooks on social issues. AFS alumni have greater respect for other people and their ideas, beliefs, and viewpoints, even when they are opposed to their own, and are more comfortable in different cultural settings, both professional and personal.

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Become a global citizen to make an impact in the world

“At a time when more and more people are fearful of the ‘other’ and turn towards nationalism, it is urgent to provide youth with a global perspective and help them engage in open and effective interactions with people from different cultures. The Niarchos Foundation’s generous grant demonstrates the Foundation’s commitment to create and foster transformational and long-lasting impact on Greek youth and society.”

Daniel Obst
President and CEO, AFS Intercultural Programs

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About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is one of the world’s leading private, international philanthropic organizations, making grants to non-profit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports and social welfare. Since 1996, the Foundation has committed more than $2.8 billion, through more than 4,400 grants to non-profit organizations in 124 nations around the world.

The SNF funds organizations and projects worldwide that aim to achieve a broad, lasting and positive impact for society at large and exhibit strong leadership and sound management. The Foundation also supports projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.

About AFS

Be part of the #AFSeffect: AFS is an inclusive community of global citizens: students, families and volunteers determined to build bridges between cultures. AFS develops active global citizens who take action to make a positive difference where they live, study, work, and volunteer.

Our study abroad, education and volunteer programs empower people of all ages and backgrounds with essential intercultural knowledge, skills, and understanding. As a leading nonprofit international education organization, we believe global competence is fundamental to building just and peaceful societies.

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Open up your world to new possibilities!

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Become global

Live with a new family in another country. Enjoy different traditions. Take time to appreciate, value and deepen your insights about other perspectives, cultures, religions and important world issues.

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Become change

Open your mind to a new way to view the world and help others see the world the way you experience it. Build bridges across cultures by creating friendships that will last a lifetime.

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Become fluent

Go to a new school, learn a new language and find ways to connect with people from other cultures and backgrounds–skills that you’ll take back home and use for a lifetime.

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Become yourself

Discover new things about yourself and your place in the world. Learn how to turn challenging situations into valuable opportunities to grow and become more mature.

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Our study abroad, education and volunteer programs empower people of all ages and backgrounds with essential intercultural knowledge, skills and understanding. As a leading not-for-profit international education organization, we believe global competence is fundamental to building just and peaceful societies.
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