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AFS-USA INC (Greater Illinois Area Team)

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Our AFS volunteer team is in need of more Dubuque-area volunteers to support and guide students and families through the international exchange experience. Not only will you enjoy seeing your home community through an exchange student's eyes, you will develop your own cross-cultural communication skills. As a key part of the AFS support network, you’ll work directly with international high school students and their U.S. host families to foster a life-changing journey for both parties.

Through regular meetings with you, an AFS student can get the most out of their experience in the U.S. You’ll join our local team of volunteers, who will train and support you as in your volunteer role.

If you enjoy problem-solving, meeting new people from around the world, and facilitating intercultural understanding, this role could be the right fit for you!

What's Involved
  • Check in regularly with students, host families, and schools
  • Complete volunteer registration, and three brief online trainings
  • Develop strong relationships with students and families
  • Identify and work through cultural differences
  • Prepare written records of your meetings

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About AFS-USA INC (Greater Illinois Area Team)



Mission Statement

AFS-USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works to build a more just and peaceful world through international education and exchange. We provide life-changing intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global network of independent, nonprofit AFS organizations, each with a professionally staffed office and a team of dedicated volunteers.


AFS-USA Greater Illinois Area Team is a team of dedicated volunteers, host families, and people who have been AFS students themselves who support AFS exchange students in Northern Illinois and Central Illinois. Our team area includes the towns of Rockford, Galena, Harvard, Woodstock, Aurora, DeKalb, Peoria, the Quad Cities, Bloomington Normal, Champaign Urbana, and Springfield. We have many other towns and volunteers across northern and central Illinois.

AFS-USA honors the legacy of its founders-volunteer WWI and WWII American Field Service ambulance drivers-who emerged from the wars with a bold mission: to help prevent future conflict through educational and cross-cultural exchanges.

More than 70 years later, the AFS Mission continues to respond to the needs of an increasingly complex world, offering programs abroad in more than 50 countries and hosting international students from more than 80 countries. True to the spirit of our founders, these life-changing intercultural learning programs are made possible by the dedicated work of AFS Volunteers-more than 4,000 in the U.S. and over 50,000 worldwide.


We'll work with your schedule.


your townDubuque, IA 52001



  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • About 5 hours per month on average, though some months may require more time.

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