Where we’ve come from
AFX Student Exchange was started when Elisabeth Thomas, a mère de famille in Paris, was looking for an exchange program for her daughter. What she found was a host of organisations offering generic programs to many different countries. Elisabeth had a feeling that if her daughter was well matched with an Australian host family and correspondent, the benefits of the exchange would be far greater.
Unable to find anything that offered the experience she was after, Elisabeth contacted her friend Ben in Melbourne. Ben had participated in an exchange in Bordeaux with his high school Melbourne Grammar School from which he came back passioné with France and French. Elisabeth charged Ben to find the ideal host family for her daughter.
Elisabeth’s daughter Vinciane was the first student to benefit from the personalised approach taken in organising her exchange.
Word spread, demand grew and in 2001, Elisabeth and Ben established AFX.
Since, AFX has grown and we now offer a range of programs between Australia and France. The one thing that hasn’t changed? The care and attention we put into every student’s needs to create their perfect French experience.
We have a large community of local representatives, in France and Australia, helping us deliver great programs all the way.
Meet some of them below.