Muy cerca del Círculo Ártico, la mayor parte de Suecia está poblada por bosques y cuenta con la mayor línea de costa de Europa. Los suecos están muy unidos a la naturaleza y después de un oscuro invierno disfrutan pasando tiempo al aire libre haciendo diferentes actividades como natación, paseos, visitas a familiares y amigos, sin olvidar, por supuesto, el esquí. Algo único del verano en Sucia es el midnattsol (el sol de media noche) cuando el sol está visible 24 horas durante, al menos, dos meses. Los suecos están muy comprometidos y concienciados con la sostenibilidad, lo cual los convierte en líderes mundiales de agricultura orgánica, reciclaje y energías renovables.

Es muy posible que la bicicleta se convierta en el principal medio de transporte durante tu programa. Después del colegio y durante los fines de semana,  los adolescentes suelen asistir a conciertos, al cine o pequeñas quedadas entre amigos como forma de ocio. Pero también participan en clubes, llamados fritidsgård, de actividades extracurriculares. Si eres amante del deporte, disfrutarás en Suecia jugando al fútbol, al tenis o al hockey sobre esquí.

School

School in Sweden begins in mid-August and goes until mid-June, from 8 am to 3 or 4 pm, though the class schedule varies between programs. Your school schedule will be determined by your interests and the classes you’ve already taken. Swedish schools offer a variety of tracks but sciences and humanities are the priorities for many. No matter what you focus on, expect to take Swedish, English and math.

Language

Swedes speak Swedish, though almost 90% also speak English, as it has been a required subject in schools since 1849. Many Swedes speak a 3rd or 4th language as well. You don’t have to know Swedish before starting your exchange, but some basics will certainly be helpful. AFS will support you in learning the language before and during the exchange by providing materials, links and language lessons.

Food

Common Swedish meals include potatoes, cheese, seafood, meat, fresh vegetables, salads, and open-faced sandwiches. Smorgasbord, a bountiful buffet, is common for special occasions. Meatballs, lingonberries, and smoked salmon are popular delicacies.

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.
TEEN PROGRAMS (UNDER 18 YEARS OLD)

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.

ADULT PROGRAMS (18 YEARS OR OLDER)

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.   

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