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As Youth Assembly participants, we know you’re working in your community to truly make a difference. This program will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work collaboratively with people from other backgrounds and cultures and learn more about yourself in the process.

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what does it mean to global up?

With this program, you'll explore:

  • How you can stand for issues you really care about and help make the world a better place
  • How to be part of a global community of people passionate about making a difference
  • What makes differences between cultures important and beautiful 
  • Why we all need to build our empathy muscles
  • How to avoid jumping to conclusions
  • What to do about inequalities you encounter around you

and more!

At the end, you’ll receive the Global Competence Certificate issued by AFS acknowledging your new global skills.

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Why should I be part of it?

Get first-hand access to an innovative experience that will start or continue your journey in global skill-building.

Learn to see the world through different eyes without leaving your home.


Create true connections with global peers and friends around the world.


Open your mind to new ideas, experiences and skills.


Join a global community of AFS Global Citizens.


Earn your own AFS Global Competence Certificate to add to your resume, university and job applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

The program includes 20 different go-at-your-own-speed modules, which take around 16 hours to complete over 6 weeks. You will also attend 4 online facilitated dialogue sessions where you will connect with the global peers in your cohort, as well as an AFS Qualified Facilitator, to reflect on the content, exchange ideas, and participate in group discussion as you build your global competence skills.

Global Up programs are flexible and designed to fit around busy schedules. You can expect to spend approximately 2-3 hours per week in the program. Once you are enrolled, we’ll survey you on your availability so that we can ensure we schedule the most optimal timeframes for you and your global peers.

Who can participate in AFS Global Up programs?

This program is truly global! It is designed for adults who are looking to embark on a new experience, with new people from around the world.

If you…
  • are a registered attendee of the 27th Youth Assembly or attended a Youth Assembly in the past
  • are curious and would like to  create positive change in the world,
  • love meeting people from cultures totally different from your own, and
  • want to make connections with global peers in a meaningful way
Then this program is for you. 
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What other participants have to say about Global Up

“It’s great to connect with people that feel like you and understand you! I am very excited to keep on inspiring people and spread positivity, love, change and open-mindedness in the world because we really need it.”

“It was such a great experience to learn from this platform. In these times of uncertainty we might feel sad, and feel like we can’t open our minds and acquire new knowledge. But it was possible here.”

“I really learnt and gained a lot in those modules, such as understanding myself and others, how to communicate, what is empathy, and more. I met interesting people from other countries and had a chance to chat with them. This program is really amazing and meaningful for me.”

Research-based experiential programming

Content for the Global Up programs was created by AFS experts in intercultural learning and is based on more than 70 years of experience running educationally-proven exchange programs in more than 99 countries.

AFSers making an impact

People who take part in AFS programs today are leaders who go on to great things.

Regina Agyare Honu

(Ghana to Norway, 2000)

Tech innovator, changemaker and founder of Soronko Academy and Tech for Girls, the first coding and Human-centered design school in West Africa, was named one of the BBC 100 Women for empowering women and girls with technology skills.


Samantha Cristoforetti

(Italy to USA, 1994)

The first Italian woman in space, Italian Air Force Captain Cristoforetti holds the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight by a European astronaut (199 days, 16 hours). A U.S. Space Camp Hall of Famer, she is spokesperson for Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut and mentors space fans @AstroSamantha on Twitter.


Carla Bolivar Quintero

(Venezuela to Germany, 2009)

A physician on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic in Chile, a country that has the third most coronavirus cases in Latin America, says her global superpower is understanding people and using empathy to give the best care in these challenging times.


Christine Lagarde

(France to USA, 1973) 

President of the European Central Bank, this noted antitrust and labor lawyer and longtime advocate for women’s equality has urged policymakers to reform fiscal policies, invest in infrastructure and create jobs and strengthen the role of women in the world economy.

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