The idea for Overland was born when a Williams College graduate rode his bike across the U.S. in 1982, and decided it would be great to offer kids a similar experience: meeting a challenge as part of a small team of comrades. In 1984, Overland kicked off with three bike trips in New England. Today, they offer biking, hiking, leadership, language, writing, service, and field studies programs both in the States and internationally, for students in 4th through 12th grade. Trips typically range from one week to a month long, and they vary from community service in the Southwest to hiking in the Pyrenees while learning Spanish.
With 65 years of experience, AFS offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world. Their summer programs take teens to places as far flung as Ireland, China, France, Turkey, Finland, Spain, Argentina, Italy. Some are home stays, some are dorms, some highlight language, community service, or specialized cultural immersion (i.e. a summer soccer program in Paraguay). AFS also runs semester- and year-long exchange programs; and, if interested, you can host an international high school student of your own.
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