Previous Winners

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 2015 and 2014 and get inspired to come up with your own world-changing idea!

2015 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 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 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.