AFAR Foundation

Founded in 2008 as the philanthropic affiliate of AFAR Media, the AFAR Foundation provides experiential travel to youth through its flagship program, Learning AFAR. Born from the idea that travel is the best form of education, Learning AFAR grants international travel scholarships to students who would not otherwise be able to explore our world.

Learning AFAR provides a global education by emphasizing leadership, service and cross-cultural exchange before, during and after an international expedition. Through the AFAR Media team, all participants are introduced to the world of travel writing as a means to not only tell their travel story but to also learn the components of self-advocacy in the telling of their own story. Our end goal is to inspire responsible global citizenship— to help students understand they are part of a larger, interconnected world and that their actions have an impact on the world around them.

Educator and student participants are selected annually in the fall. Successful applicants demonstrate financial need as well as an understanding of how the program could impact their own lives and their local communities.

Since Learning AFAR’s inception in September 2009, the AFAR Foundation, with nonprofit partner Global Explorers, has sponsored over 100 students and educators in traveling to Cambodia, Costa Rica and Peru. Five Learning AFAR programs are planned for 2012 with the addition of a new 2012 destination. To learn more about how you can become a part of Learning AFAR, please visit:

Through Learning AFAR, the AFAR Foundation aims to build opportunities for partners who share our vision of travel as the best form of education. If you are interested in helping us to expand this program, please contact us at:

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