Past AFS Project: Change winners have done amazing work across the globe. Their ideas sparked volunteer projects that left a lasting impact on the communities they touched.

Check out the winners from prior years and get inspired to come up with your own world-changing idea!

2016-17 Grand Prize Winner

Erin S., WI

Project Title: Environmental Education Project

Issue Area: Sustainability

Country: Guatemala

Erin will put her vision into action this summer on a customized volunteer program in Guatemala. She and her peers will effect change by empowering school children to make educated decisions about their environmental impact.

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2015-16 Grand Prize Winner

Saighuhan S., VA

Project Title: Childhood Obesity in India: A Ticking Time Bomb

Issue Area: Hunger & Nutrition

Country: India

Saighuhan (“Sai”) and his group brought his volunteer project idea to life through a program focused on hunger, nutrition, and education in India. Working together with local teachers and students, they created a curriculum to teach nutrition in schools. Along the way, they learned the basics of the Hindi language and explored some of the ancient and modern splendors of New Delhi.

2014-15 Grand Prize Winner

Sam H., NJ

Project Title: The Heritage of Udmurtia

Issue Area: Human Rights & Cultural Understanding

Country: Russia

Sam and his group set out to investigate and document the dying culture of the Udmurt Republic in Russia. They lived with host families and experienced local crafts, cooking, music, and history. At the end of their program, they shared the stories they collected with the world by creating a website.

2014-15 Vision in Action Award Winner

Katie E., WI

Project Title: Kids Tales

Issue Area: Education

Country: Colombia

Katie developed a volunteer project called Kids Tales, a writing workshop for children. She and 11 other students lived with host families in Colombia and taught creative writing at a local school. At the end of the program, Kids Tales published a book of short stories written by Katie’s students called The Land of Enthusiasm.