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 (Pacific Standard Time):
    * Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
    * Sunday: 10am – 6pm

In case of an emergency involving an AFS participant outside of our business hours, please call 1-800-876-2376 and speak with the 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 and Partner Director
Kerry McCollum, Chief Organizational Development Officer
Keri Dooley, Chief Government Relations and Sponsored Programs Officer
Susan Goldberg, Chief Financial Officer
Kristen Bates, Chief Program Officer, Inbound
Joanne Yokoyama-Martin, Chief Program Officer, Team Development and Program Operations
Marlene Baker, Chief External Relations, Development and Communications Officer
Tara Hofmann, Senior Business Strategist

AFS-USA Board of Directors

Emily Betz Close
Allen Clutter
Ambassador William A. Eaton - Board Vice Chair
Francesco Favotto
Jean M. Frazier (Jeannie)
Anne Herendeen, Board Vice Chair
Brianne Holden, Recent Returnee Advisor to the AFS-USA Board of Directors
Betty McManus, Board Chair
Kathleen McNabb
Damian Pisanelli
Mary Porterfield
Ambassador Thomas Robertson
Tsugiko Scullion
John D. Shuck
Joan Siegel
Urs-Rainer von Arx
Judy Weyand
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).