AFS was founded on a world-changing idea: that cultural exchanges could lead to better understanding and cooperation among nations. But ideas need leaders.
Enter: volunteers. AFS's founders were the ultimate volunteers - young people who ventured overseas as early as 1914 to help those in need - and their spirit of volunteerism lives on today in AFS. Now it's YOUR turn.
Tell us your idea for a volunteer project that could have a meaningful impact abroad. If your idea is chosen, you'll receive a full scholarship to spend two weeks abroad with AFS making your vision come to life. All U.S. 8th to 12th grade students are eligible to enter, and it just takes three easy steps:
Develop an idea based on our resources and your own creative genius.
Then submit your idea in the form of a 200-500 word essay OR a 1-minute video.
Travel to your country of choice and put your vision in action along with fellow participants.
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