AFS-USA Intercultural Programs is a leading international exchange program in the world. It has been successfully hosting and sending students and teachers on exchanges since 1947 to over ninety (90) partner countries.
The founding of AFS (The American Field Service), the ambulance drivers in WW I and WW II, was over 100 years ago. The Miss Tennky Area AFS Leadership Team placed over 40 foreign exchange students in the Miss Tennky Area AFS Team area for the 2017-18 school year. The students are from: Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Panama, Norway, Japan, Chile, Spain, Austria, Thailand, Switzerland, Brazil, China, Belgium,Turkey, Dominion Republic, Senegal, Mali and France. They are spread throughout TN, MS, KY and Alabama. More host families for the future and volunteers to support those who are here now are needed by the Miss Tennky Area AFS Volunteer Leadership Team for the next school year. Many varied volunteer positions are available. The time you spend will depend on the time you have and wish to give. These are some examples: cluster chair, area chair, liaisons, interviewers, orientation organizers and workers, festival workers, school visitors, plus lunch and activity booth workers, treasurer, newsletter chair and writers, public speakers for community clubs and churches, public relations, sending chair and etc. There is online training for many of these positions.
Contact Becky Heywood, volunteer coordinator, at 615-473-4389 and AFSbecky@comcast.net, to discover which volunteer jobs would be perfect for you on the Miss Tennky Area AFS Team. One can register online at www.afsusa.org/volunteer-with-afs.
Becky Heywood also serves as the sending coordinator for students who wish to go as foreign exchange students to one of AFS-USA's 90 partner countries. There are summer, semester, year long and gap year program. They may be viewed at www.afsusa.org/stiudy-abroad. Many different types of scholarships are available and vary from year to year. Deadlines begin January 9th with Congress-Bundestag and FLEX. Other dates vary.
Contact Sandy Rich at 865-203-1228 if you are interested in hosting an AFSer. She is the Miss Tennky Area AFS Volunteer Leadership Support Team Development Specialist. The web sites are www.afsusa.org/host where you may put in your zip code to see the mini-bios who will need a family for 2018-19. Some school systems will accept students at semester, but not CMCSS. MNPS will accept second semester students. The local web site is http://afsusa.org/misstennky/. Students who are in need of hosting come with spending money, a wealth of interests and talents and are fully medically insured. You furnish the loving home, transportation and food.
- Program Management
- Financial Service Assistance
- Cross-cultural Communication
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 14
- Orientation or Training
- This is up to the volunteer position.
- There are long and short term comitments.