Descripción General

Durante tu experiencia podés vivir en cualquier parte de la India. En general las familias extendidas con varias generaciones suelen vivir todas juntas y las decisiones relacionadas con la educación o el matrimonio rara vez son tomadas sin consultar a los otros miembros de la familia.

Humildad, pacifismo y respeto por los mayores son los valores universales de los indios, así como también el compartir en la comunidad, en especial la comida, como símbolo de cercanía. Las personas en India tienden a enfocarse primordialmente en las necesidades del grupo por encima de las individuales. El estilo de comunicación tiende a ser indirecto y rara vez vas a escuchar a alguien rechazar una invitación. El vegetarianismo es muy practicado en este país.

Las actividades principales de los jóvenes indios son practicar o ir a ver deportes, ir al cine, ir de compras y disfrutar de un día en la playa. Además, la escuela es la absoluta prioridad de los adolescentes en India y generalmente dedican su tiempo libre a estudiar.


People of India

Humility, nonviolence and respect for the elderly tend to be universal values in India. Sharing and the community are also very important – you can even share the food on your plate with others freely as a sign of closeness. People in India usually focus more on the needs of the group over an individual. The Indian communication style tends to be rather indirect, and you will rarely hear someone saying an outright no to an invitation. Vegetarianism is quite common in India.

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Education is quite demanding in India. You will most likely attend the 11th grade at an Indian public school (which are considered private schools around the world). Depending on which state you are placed in, your school year may start in March (Delhi) or in June (South India). You will choose one of the four tracks of study: engineering, medical, commerce or (liberal) arts. Exchange students usually take (liberal) arts track, where they learn economics, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology etc. You should also try out one of the extracurricular activities offered in schools, such as drawing, games, group discussions, cricket or basketball.

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Hindi and English are the official languages, but you can expect to speak English during most of your exchange in India and should know it before the program. There are 22 different languages that have been recognised by the Constitution of India, as well as other local languages and dialects depending on the area.

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.

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.


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.