AFS Intercultural Programme
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. AFS was created in 1914 and has been doing intercultural programs since 1947, currently present in more than 54 countries with over 11,000 exchanges per year.
Under the aegis of AFS India, Summer Fields School is hosting Chiara Vezzoli, 17 years, from Brescia, Italy. She has come here for one year to be a part of India and she’ll be studying in Summer Fields School. She is here to experience the Indian culture, to know more and explore the true and inner side of India. Till now, she has made many new friends in the school, she interacted with the teachers, and she has already become a part of the school. She finds the Indian culture very different from the culture of Italy. She is trying her best to adjust with the environment here, the people and most importantly the weather here.
She has come from Liceo Scientifico Niccolo Copernico, which is her school in Italy. She finds huge differences in her school in Italy and her new school in India. The students, teachers, studies, curriculum and activities vary a lot. She is excited to explore much more about the Indian culture in this one year, and take back as many memories with her as she can.
Exchange year in India
Earlier we have hosted Marie Bauer from Bavaria, Germany and Evelyn from Norway for a period of one year each.
Marie with her host siblings
The AFS group in Amritsar, Golden Temple
As part of the Project reciprocal visit, a group of seven students and two teachers from Chemnitz, Germany visited Summer Fields School from November 9-21, 2014. To showcasethe rich cultural heritage of India, the itinerary of the group included a trip to the Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, Raj Ghat, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple and the Crafts Museum.
The students and teachers attended regular classes in the school to experience the school system here. The exchange allowed students to interact with and learn from people who are different yet similar to them and to participate in new, unique experiences beyond their own communities and cultures.