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. Read more
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-USA (formerly the American Field Service), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world through independent, nonprofit AFS Organizations, each with a network of volunteers, a professionally staffed office, and headed up by a volunteer board.
We’ve been exchanging students throughout the world for more than 65 years. That’s six decades of history and experience in international education with an exemplary record of safety, security, and service to students, parents, and educators.
Where to begin? AFS has been a part of my life, and of my family, for so many years! My grandparents were a volunteer host family in the '70s and '80s, my parents have also hosted, and I was an exchange student in 2003. I have been hooked on volunteering ever since. My experiences as an exchange student and as a volunteer have shown that AFS is really about changing the world one person at a time. It has allowed me to connect with like minded people while simultaneously exposing myself to completely new ways of thinking (that's the beauty of intercultural programs!). I continue to volunteer with AFS because I believe in their mission, I'm interested in other cultures, and I want to do my part to make the world a better place.
Volunteering with AFS has given me the chance to meet other people in my community that have similar interests to me. I thought at first I wanted to volunteer to learn more about the world, other cultures, food, language, but more than that I have learned so much about who I am & my own community. I have been an AFS volunteer since 2002 and continue to meet new inspiring AFS volunteers every year. I feel it has changed the direction of my life and made me a better person for it.