By going abroad ,you can change your world in ways that are both visible to you personally, and visible to your friends, family, teachers, and future peers and colleagues. Many Agbtrips Students say that their experience was “transformational.” They gain new maturity and independence, and develop a better understanding of what their passions and long-term goals are. They also share that they’re better prepared than many of their peers for the college application and interview process.
There are practical benefits to going abroad in too, like gaining language fluency, developing critical intercultural communication skills, and forming lifelong connections that span the globe and often last a lifetime.
Prior to departure, you’ll meet up with the other students going there and go through a short orientation in your international departure city. There, you’ll get to talk to someone who recently spent time in your host country or region, and will have the chance to ask any last-minute questions. You may also have an Agbtrips staff with you. No matter what, you’ll have Agbtrips staff help you check into your flight and meet you at the airport upon your arrival.
Upon arrival, you’ll see the local coordinator waiting to greet you at the airport. In some cases, you’ll be brought directly to a welcome orientation that may last anywhere from a day to a week depending on your program. In other cases, you’ll go straight to your host family upon arrival and attend a welcome orientation at a later date. The trip to your host community could be by car, train, bus, or even airplane depending on the distance. Alternatively, your host family could come pick you up and you’ll all travel together.
As a organization that has been implementing exchange programs for nearly 4 years, AGBTRIPS has an extensive support network for you, your family in your country, and your host family abroad. There are local Agbtrips staff in every host country, as well as a Support Staff – there will always be someone on-call, 24/7.
While you’re abroad, your first level of support will be your host family or group leader. You’ll also have an additional volunteer “liaison” who will serve as your personal bridge to your new host family, community and culture.
Different programs are right for different people. For example, you may need prior language experience or a higher GPA for some school-based programs, while for others there won’t be any academic or language skills requirements. You can find eligibility requirements on each program’s page. Across the board, our experiences are designed for students who are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy, open-minded and flexible, and willing and able to try new things.
The application is our way of learning about you. There are two main parts: one is personal information that you can fill out on your own or with the help of your parents; the other involves information that you’ll need to gather from people who know you, like your doctor and teachers.
We recommend giving yourself about 2-3 weeks to complete the application, but that time varies student-by-student. (If you’re super motivated, you could get it done in as little as 48 hours).
We’re available to help you with your application and have a rolling acceptance policy. Generally speaking, the sooner you submit your application, the better chance you have of participating in your first choice program. Many programs have a finite number of spots, and some programs fill up before the deadline. It’s best if you apply as early as you can.
Yep. Because your health and safety is our 1st priority, there are a number of country-specific rules that you’ll need to respect. Each one is designed based on cultural norms and sensitivities. There are also three global rules that all Agbtrips students must follow.
If you break those rules or do anything to purposefully behave out-of-line, you can be sent home early. Going abroad is a big deal; we want to help you represent your country well and stay safe while doing so.
The program fee includes your round trip international airfare, accommodations with a host family or in a dorm, your school or volunteer project fees, orientations before and during your program, secondary medical insurance, visa support and assistance, and 24 hour emergency assistance should anything come up while you’re on program.
You’ll need to take care of your domestic travel to your international departure city, visa and passport fees (which range from zero to $1,000), and spending money while you’re abroad. Most students spend between $100-$300 per month, since meals are covered by your host family or provided in your dorm cafeteria.
Travel to other areas in the region may be allowed with permission from your parents and Agbtrips in your host country, especially if it’s at the end of your program. Too much travel can keep you from really immersing yourself in the local culture, but short trips can be a great way to learn more about the area.
If you have friends or family who want to visit, the visit must be approved by Agbtrips and we strongly recommend arranging it for the end of your program so that it’s not disruptive to your experience.
No matter which program you go on, you’ll definitely need a passport. In fact, you’ll need to have one in order to secure your spot on most programs, so we recommend taking care of it sooner than later since it can take 6-8 weeks to arrive.