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Paraguay, el corazón de Sudamerica (the heart of South America), is a country alive with tradition; the indigenous Guarani Indian culture fuses with that of the Spanish conquistadors to create a fascinating, unforgettable blend. Most Paraguayans live in small towns, where warm welcomes make up for a lack of modern conveniences. But even in the bigger cities, Paraguayan social life revolves around the family as well as the national passion, soccer.

West of Rio Paraguay is the hot infertile plain known as the Gran Chaco, which is sparsely settled and even less explored than the Amazon. 98% of the population lives in the more verdant eastern half. In that half, there are many fascinating locations such as the riverside capital of Asuncion, Jesuit mission ruins, and national parks.

AFSers in Paraguay live with a host family while studying Spanish and attending a local high school. Paraguayans value education; high school in Paraguay is typically quite formal, and uniforms are required.

Eligibility Requirements

*Age on Departure: 15 – 18.6*
*Graduates accepted*

Meat is a very important item in the Paraguayan diet, with a strong meat production, and inexpensive costs. Most Paraguayan families eat meat and it is VERY difficult to place a vegetarian in this country.

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Domestic Transport
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • School Uniform