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American Field Service Intercultural programs (as known as AFS-USA) works toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools and communities through a global volunteer partnership.
AFS is a worldwide, nonprofit organization that has been leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years. Each year, AFS-USA sends more than 1,400 US students abroad, provides approximately $3 million in scholarships and financial aid, and welcomes 2,500 international high school students who come to study in US high schools and live with host families. More than 6,000 volunteers in the US make the work of AFS possible.
Our proud AFS history
During World Wars I and II, young Americans volunteered as ambulance drivers in the American Field Service (AFS). When they returned home, they founded a movement to promote peace through international student exchange now known as AFS. Since World War II, AFS volunteers and staff have been working in partnership to forge international connections and develop intercultural understanding.
Since 1947 AFS has grown to become a yearly global partnership of:
• more than 30,000 volunteers
• more than 11,000 program participants
• more than 50 program partners around the world.
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