Cultural Vistas to Offer AFS Global Competence Certificate

GCC empowers individuals with tangible global competence skills that are fundamental to building just and peaceful societies

WASHINGTON – Cultural Vistas is pleased to announce a new partnership with AFS Intercultural Programs (AFS), to advance the development of global competence among individuals who participate in its professional exchange programs.

Beginning this summer, Cultural Vistas exchange participants and alumni will utilize AFS’s Global Competence Certificate (GCC) as a tool to support their intercultural learning and adjustment training before, during, and after their international experiences.

This widely-used instrument will provide an intentional and research-backed approach to developing and assessing the acquisition of global skills and competencies by Cultural Vistas exchange participants and partners.

“We are thrilled to make the AFS Global Competence Certificate available to both our partners and participants,” said Cultural Vistas President and CEO Jennifer Clinton. “During a time when mobility is so limited, young people need opportunities to hone these critical skills. Before COVID-19, we already knew that today’s jobs would not necessarily be the jobs of the future.

“Now with change and disruption accelerating across entire industries, it is critically important for young people to develop these fundamental skills that will allow

The research-backed Global Competence Certificate has been used by more than 10,000 university, intern, and language abroad students and professionals in 50 countries.

The customizable GCC curriculum is delivered in 18 online modules supported by a Cultural Vistas staff member who has been trained as a Qualified Facilitator. To date, more than 15 Cultural Vistas staff members have been trained as Qualified Facilitators.

About Cultural Vistas

Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization whose mission is to enrich minds, advance global skills, build careers, and connect lives through international exchange. We develop international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Every year, our 30-plus unique exchange programs empower people in the United States and in more than 130 countries around the world to drive positive change in themselves, their organizations, and society.

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About AFS Intercultural Programs

AFS Intercultural Programs is a global not-for-profit Network that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. Through our international exchange programs, education initiatives, volunteerism and advocacy, we empower people from all backgrounds with essential global skills—and the passion for making a difference. Since its founding in 1914, AFS has exchanged more than 500,000 young people all around the world.