Los Estados Unidos de America es un país de inmigrantes, con un gran diversidad de personas, culturas, música, comida y deportes, donde encontrarás todo clima, paisaje y todo tipo de terreno imaginable. La cultura pop esta en todas partes, los deportes y las noticias dominan muchas conversaciones, las tradiciones normalmente depende de la región, etnicidad y la religión. Es difícil generalizar sobre que ver o hacer en un país donde el orgullo de cada pueblo, ciudad, o región es basado es sus atracciones únicas y su estilo de vida.

Asimismo, las escuelas secundarias son el centro del estilo de vida de los jóvenes en la mayoría de los lugares es Estados Unidos, las comunidades y las organizaciones religiosas también ofrecen clubes para actividades como deportes, juegos de mesas, drama, voluntariado y programas ara jóvenes. Es común que los estudiantes después de la escuela se queden para hacer deportes. El fútbol americano, fútbol, baloncesto, atletismo, natación, voleibol y las porristas son deportes muy populares. Los deportes en las escuelas llaman la atención de todo tipo de público. Durante los fines de semana disfrutan de ir a fiestas, ir de compra y salir de paseo entre amigos. Muchas familias toman muy personal las actividades escolares, participar en las competencias de colegios y motivar a los jóvenes a disfrutar.

 

People & Community

You can live anywhere throughout the U.S., though most AFSers live with families in suburban areas or small towns. There is no “typical” American host family -your host family could be African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American or descendants of a variety of European nationalities and ethnicities. Household rule, routines and mealtimes will differ depending on the family, so try to be open to your host family’s way of life.  In general, teenagers are expected to help prepare meals and handle other household chores. Dinner is considered the main meal of the day, though sometimes family members may eat at different times due to busy work and school schedules—and take out meals are quite common. 

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School

Procedures, schedules, required courses, very greatly from school to school. The school year lasts from August or September until May or June (typically 8 am to 3 pm), and is usually divided into two terms. At the beginning of the school year, students often meet with an advisor who helps them select the five or six classes for the term. Uniforms are not required for most public schools. 

Language

English is the main language spoken in the U.S., but many people also speak Spanish, or another language depending on their family background. Prior knowledge of English is required.

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Food

From burgers to barbecue chicken, pizza to pasta, salads to sushi—anything and everything American food these days. Ethnic foods of all flavors—Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Greek, you name it!—can be found even in the smallest town. But don’t miss out on good old American fare like hot dogs, clam chowder or apple pie and sweet potatoes representing down home “soul food” cooking from the American south.

Let AFS guide your intercultural adventure

Go abroad with AFS to discover who you really are, make new lifetime friendships and immerse yourself in a fascinating intercultural experience.
TEEN PROGRAMS (UNDER 18 YEARS OLD)

Our learning program will prepare you for an amazing AFS intercultural experience. The program begins at your home country with a pre-departure orientation and continues with orientations and other supported learning activities and facilitated conversations will help you maximize your experience, cope the challenges of navigating a new culture and community and gain knowledge, skills, and a global understanding, throughout your time abroad, and as you return to you home country. AFS volunteers will be there to support and guide you and your host family through your learning journey abroad.

ADULT PROGRAMS (18 YEARS OR OLDER)

The Global Competence Certificate (GCC) program will support your intercultural learning experience. This state-of-the-art program prepares you to successfully navigate new cultural environments—during your AFSNext experience and long after you finish the program. Online intercultural learning modules combined with in-person sessions help you develop practical and global skills, knowledge and attitudes that employers need and mission-driven organizations believe will help achieve their social impact goals. You will receive your certification upon completion of the training program. 

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