About AFS

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.

Contact Us

To speak with an AFS-USA Representative, call: 1-800-AFS-INFO.

  •     Hours (Eastern Time):
  •     Monday – Friday: 10am – 8pm

In case of an emergency involving an AFS participant, please call 1-800-237-4636 and press 9 to speak with Participant Support staff or the after-hours AFS Duty Officer.

AFS-USA Mission

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 Executive Staff

  • Jorge Castro, President
  • Marlene Baker, Chief Development, Alumni Relations and Corporate Communications Officer
  • Keri Dooley, Chief Government Relations and Sponsored Programs Officer
  • John Duban, Chief Field Operations and Marketing Officer
  • Susan Goldberg, Chief Financial Officer
  • Tara Hofmann, Chief Operations and Organizational Development Officer

AFS-USA Board of Directors

  • Lauren Berry, Recent Returnee Advisor to the AFS-USA Board of Directors
  • Emily Betz Close
  • Allen Clutter
  • Diana Deem
  • Ambassador William A. Eaton, Board Chair
  • Jean M. Frazier (Jeannie)
  • Jed Hepworth
  • Anne Herendeen, Board Vice Chair
  • Eric Lomeli
  • Kathleen McNabb
  • Damian Pisanelli
  • Ambassador Thomas Robertson
  • Joan Siegel
  • Bob Stableski
  • Matthew van Steenwyk
  • Wim Wiewel

To contact the board, email board.afsusa@afs.org

Media Inquiries

Please direct media inquiries to: media@afsusa.org


AFS is audited annually and complies with the program standards set forth by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET).