AFS-USA Faces of America provides high achieving students from low income families a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study abroad. By partnering with community based organizations in under represented communities, FoA has awarded scholarships to more than 780 outstanding teenagers and introduced them to a world of possibilities.
Vanessa recently returned from an eight-month AFS-USA Faces of America study abroad trip to Thailand and shared with us stories from her travels.
December 11, 2012 -- The first annual AFS-USA Holiday Party brought together close to 100 members of the AFS-USA family, including two 2012 Faces of America Returnees.
September 30, 2012 -- AFS returnee and NFL wide receiver are joining forces to provide study abroad scholarships to underserved youth.
August 29, 2012 -- It was a busy year for Faces of America!
August 28, 2012 -- New York, NY – Meet Angie and Aaron, two of our Faces of America Returnees.
August 16, 2012 -- New York, NY – On July 3, 2012, fifteen students embarked for Hamburg, Germany as part of AFS USA’s new Green Summer School Program.
August 16, 2012 -- New York, NY – From Ghana to Costa Rica to Russia, the 2012 AFS USA Faces of America Scholars are diving head first into a sea of new adventures.
"My AFS trip to Ghana showed me that I am truly able to benefit from new experiences, regardless of whether they are good or "different". I have learned an incredible amount in a short space of time, and I know that I will be able to face the many other new experiences that are quickly heading my way, especially college."
- Zoe Russell
U.S. to Ghana, Summer 2012
"My AFS experience in Costa Rica helped me to grow in many aspects of my life and to realize that I have strengths that I never thought I had. I gained the confidence to speak up and share my thoughts and realized I do have the potential to become a leader."
- Jasmine Garcia
U.S. to Costa Rica, Summer 2012
"Traveling to another country without my family made me feel very independent. I’ll never forget the time I had in Panama - the skills I gained will be especially useful once I graduate and move out to start college and my new life."
- Malika Lewis
U.S. to Panama, Summer 2012
"My AFS-USA Faces of America summer exchange program has impacted my life in the best way possible. I experienced a completely different culture and it made me feel globally connected. I look forward to studying abroad in college and advocating unity wherever I go."
- Vanessa Salomon
U.S. to Thailand, Summer 2012
"This summer was about growing up. This summer was about letting the world change me so that later I can change the world."
U.S. to Paraguay, Summer 2012
"My AFS experience opened my eyes. It lit a fire in me to explore as much of the world as I can. Now, as a sophomore at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, I plan to spend my junior year in Argentina or Peru."
U.S. to Italy, 2009
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