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On this Global Prep program, you’ll get a taste of the country’s enthusiastic hospitality as you learn about the diversity of Poland’s cultural customs, tastes, and perspectives. To experience the many sides of Polish life, you’ll tour the cities of Cracow and Warsaw and then venture out into the countryside to appreciate nature. You’ll also have the chance to engage with local culture by taking language lessons and making your own clay pottery. As you and your friends explore Poland’s undiscovered charms, you just might fall in love with the country’s fairy-tale architecture and welcoming atmosphere.

  • Do you know what sustainability is?
  • How can you be sustainable in urban and rural environments?
  • Have you ever visited a hydro-electric power plant or talked to an eco-farmer or a beekeper?

Immerse yourself in the topic of sustainability, expand your horizons and spend a fascinating week exploring the environment and Poland with its diverse land.

Eligibility Requirements

14years 0month(s) to 17years 11month(s)

Medium English will ensure you can enjoy the program and are able to interact with the other multinational participants.

If you want an authentic experience to fuel your passion for social change, culture, nature, or science—make friends while making a real impact through AFS Global Prep!

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With a simple formula, your AFS Global Prep will empower you to change your world, engage in hands-on activities, and create benefit for the community.

Thrive in an incredible new place, unlike anything you’ve experienced so far, and create authentic connections that will last a lifetime!

Where else can I go?

Pursue your interests, while becoming a real global citizen through an AFS structured intercultural learning program

What is Global Competency?

Leave your mark on the communities you touch and work towards impacting your future prospects

Explore Poland

Exploring the area

During this program you will have the unique opportunity to explore not only the Old Town of Krakow with its medieval street layout and amazing architecture, but also Warsaw and the Great Masurian Lakes

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Your activities



ou will learn about a

variety of topics as you move around the country, including science at the Copernicus Science Centre, with over 450 interactive exhibits. Here you will be able to test your science knowledge with live experiments.

You will learn about communism with a mixture of stories, anecdotes and local knowledge in Krakow’s centrally-planned Socialist district of Nowa Huta.

On top of many other activities, such as Culinary workshops to

make the famous “Pierogi”, pottery workshops and historical tours, you will also have the chance to learn about green energy and see it in action at the hydro-electric power plant on the Vistula River.

Returning Home

“Life-changing” is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad. “Transformed” is another one. When you return home, if you’re like most AFSers, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and feel like you can do anything you set your mind to. That transformation isn’t visible only to you, though – others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers, ranging from language fluency to intercultural competence and critical reasoning. “Life-changing” means it’s only the beginning.

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