The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is providing support for a three-year pilot programme to give 50 Greek high school students the opportunity to spend a semester on an international exchange to develop cross-cultural literacy and fluency.

Participants will be selected from lower-income and undeserved communities for the programme which will be run in conjunction with the American Field Service (AFS) Intercultural Programs’ Global Citizen Scholarship Program.

According to the SNF: “The intention is to give Greek students who would not otherwise have experiences abroad the chance of one, and participants will be selected from lower-income and underserved communities.”

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“International exchanges can have significant impacts for professionals and academics, but for people the age of secondary-school students, an international exchange experience can have a profoundly transformative effect, with positive downstream consequences over the course of a lifetime.”

The SNF will support the programme for three years and AFS will continue with the programme after that.